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April 24, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(17):811. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440170030018b

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Salvatore, an Italian military surgeon, has invented a phimosis forceps which is described and illustrated in the Gaz. d. Osp. e d. Clin. of March 7. He claims that it totally prevents hemorrhage; the total anesthesia is so complete that the patient is merely an indifferent spectator of the operation, and there is no danger with it of injuring the organ, which afterward presents a normal appearance with no indications of having undergone surgical treatment. The instrument consists of two strips of metal fastened together at one end and in contact at the other, where there is a screw thread and thumb screw to graduate the space between them, as the two strips form an open ellipse, like a wagon spring. Each is pierced with a row of holes.

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