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The apparatus herein described is designed to lighten the burden and add to the safety of surgical work in private houses, especially in the country. From an experience of about two years in its use, the author offers it with confidence in place of the septic instrument bags, the unwieldly sterilizer and the cumbersome trays and sponge basins which make up the usual impedimenta of surgical practice outside of hospitals. The apparatus fulfills the requirements, first, of an aseptic instrument case; second, of a steam sterilizer; third, of instrument trays and sponge basins. It consists of two rectangular sterilizers made of copper, nickel plated, in which may be packed all instruments and other appliances requisite for an abdominal section, or for any other ordinary surgical operation. Its component parts may further be used separately as pans, sponge basins and trays. The whole outfit, inclosed in a washable canvas cover, is
DUDLEY EC. INSTRUMENT CASE, STERILIZER, SPONGE BASINS AND TRAYS COMBINED. JAMA. 1895;XXV(25):1097–1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430510033004
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