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August 13, 1904

New Instrument.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(7):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500070025004

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SUTURE SCISSORS AND SUTURE REMOVER IN ONE INSTRUMENT.  A. E. BENJAMIN, M.D.Clinical Instructor in Gynecology, College of Medicine and Surgery, University of Minnesota.MINNEAPOLIS.It is customary for a great many surgeons to stitch up lacerations of the cervix with non-absorbable sutures, such as silkworm-gut. Lacerations of the perineum are more frequently sewed up with such material. When such sutures are used it is often difficult to remove them. The reasons for this are obvious: 1. Sutures within the cervix are deeply situated; 2, there is usually not sufficient light; 3, sutures occasionally are buried beneath congested, inflamed or overlapping tissue; 4, there is very little room to work; 5, it is difficult to use two instruments within the vagina, viz., one to hold the end of the sutures, and the scissors to cut the sutures; 6, the view is obstructed so that it is difficult to secure the

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