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April 1, 1905

New Instrument

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(13):1034-1035. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500400038003

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INSTRUMENT FOR STRETCHING THE INTESTINE TO FACILITATE INTESTINAL ANASTOMOSIS.  FRANK S. HOUGH, M.D.SIBLEY, IOWA.These instruments were devised for the purpose of facilitating intestinal anastomosis (Fig. 1). I do not claim that they will fill every requirement or that they will be used to replace the elaborate methods now in use by our most skillful operators, but I have no doubt that they will be found useful by many a modest surgeon who is called on to do this kind of work, sometimes on short notice, and with the lack of skilled assistants.The instrument (Fig. 1, No. 1) with serrated edges is for "end-to-end" work. The plates, when the instrument is closed, are directly opposite each other and the serrated edges do not become apparent until the instrument is opened by the sliding of one plate on the other (Fig. 2, No. 1). Each lateral half of the

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