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The necessity of repeatedly threading the needles that are commonly used and of inserting them in holders, when many sutures have to be placed, led me to devise an instrument which I have used for over a year with great satisfaction. The needle is set at right angles to the shank of the holder, is fastened in its socket by a small thumbscrew, and need be released only when the operator desires to replace it by another needle of different size or shape. The eye is near the point of the needle. Suture material, silk or catgut, is sterilized on a bobbin made to fit into the handle of the instrument and the thread unwinds as it is used. From the bobbin the suture passes through the hollow shank of the holder to an opening near its distal end, then across to and through the eye of the needle.
RAINFORTH SI. A NEEDLE HOLDER, WHICH CARRIES A CONSTANTLY THREADED NEEDLE. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(16):1171. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510430021003d
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