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March 12, 1904

New Instrument.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(11):709. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490560019003

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A NEEDLE TO CARRY THE McGRAW ELASTIC LIGATURE.  JOHN M. BELL, M.D.DETROIT.The accompanying illustrations show a needle which I have devised to carry the McGraw elastic ligature. The needle is one solid piece of steel, with a slot in the end, into which the ligature is placed after being put on the stretch.Fig. 1.-1, Needle to carry elastic ligature; 2, end view; 3, sectional view. When relaxed the end of the ligature which lies in the groove expands sufficiently to hold it in place when being drawn into the stomach or intestinal wall. A large ligature can be used with a small needle by clipping a small piece from the side of the ligature near the end.

Alcohol.  —Valentino has shown in the Revue de Méd. that the toxic effects of alcohol are due in part to its dehydrating power, as previously asserted by Dubois; the staggering

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