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While not desiring to add to the large list of instruments devised for submucous nasal work, the instrument as shown in the accompanying illustration has proved of such assistance to me that I think it of sufficient value to merit publication. The instrument is 16.5 cm. long. The spatula measures 15×18 mm. and is a little over 1/10 mm. thick. The periosteal elevator is 5 mm. wide. The advantages of the double curve or "S" shape are as follows:
The curve of the instrument fits the hand and allows a firm grasp.
Although the force is applied in a straight direction, the hand is out of the line of vision, as with instruments having the "nasal angle."
The curve to the periosteal elevator is sufficient to cause the edge to stay in contact with the cartilage or bone. 4. The spatula end can be used as a retractor for the
SPRATT CN. AN IMPROVED PERIOSTEAL ELEVATOR AND SPATULA FOR SUBMUCOUS RESECTIONS. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(2):121. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510290041004
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