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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):601-602. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480090036031

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All operators have found some inconvenience in the use of the forceps to hold sutures as they are introduced in abdominal wounds. A great many forceps are necessary if each suture is to be held at each end by a separate forceps. Much time is consumed in clamping and reclamping the forceps, on the part of the operator and his assistant.

I have devised an instrument which may be used for all linear incisions when the sutures are introduced before they are tied. The above illustration represents the two suture holders, A and B, in operation. C and D represent the angles of incision, and the sutures are shown as they pass out of the skin to the loops on the plates.

Each instrument consists of a plate of steel about four inches long, three-fourths of an inch wide, and one-eighth of an inch thick. Upon this plate are soldered

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