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September 27, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):769-772. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480390035002g

During my sojourn in Europe in the summer of 1900 I spent a considerable portion of my time performing surgical work on the cadaver, to which I had ample opportunity. It was then that I conceived the idea of constructing an instrument to facilitate intestinal anastomosis. After my return to St. Paul I commenced experimenting in that direction, and soon produced an instrument which, after a few modifications, proved to be very satisfactory. In hope that it will be accepted as an addition to our surgical armamentarium I hereby wish to present it to the profession.

It appears, as we notice, similar to an ordinary clamp forceps, the blades of which are dull-pointed and bent at an angle of about 125 degrees to the handles. The inner surfaces of the blades, which, by the way, are not toothed or corrugated, but plain, have each a deep longitudinal groove going from

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