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September 8, 1900

Combined Instrument and Sponge Stand and Sterilizing Apparatus.

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JAMA. 1900;XXXV(10):640. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620360032021

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The accompanying photographs show two satisfactory additions to the operating-room. The first is a combined instrument and sponge-tray stand. It consists of an enameled-iron leaf or table on one side for the instruments, and on the opposite of two rings which support two porcelain basins of large size. One of these is used for small sponges, the other for large ones. At the bottom of the stand is another ring supporting a deep basin, which is also of enameled iron. To the surgeon, who operates with little or no assistance, this table will be of especial advantage; the basin at the bottom is a receptacle for soiled sponges. In my work I handle all instruments, sponges, in fact everything, using no assistant. I place my instruments either in trays on the solid leaf or on a sterilized towel spread over the leaf—the table standing at my right —with the small

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