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May 3, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(18):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480180039002

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In presenting this aseptic throat mirror, made out of polished metal, it seems like a return to the time of flourishing Pompeii, when highly polished brass was used for hand-mirrors. The instrument is manufactured from German silver, highly nickel-plated. The handle is universal, is made out of steel, and the joint between the mirror and the handle is a spring ball and socket, allowing mirrors of different sizes to be used. Being of solid metal, it can be rendered thoroughly aseptic by carbolizing or boiling without any deteriorating effect upon its polished surface. The mirror being nickel-plated, no acid will attack or corrode it provided the mirror is quickly cleansed after using.

Moist chromic acid, to the surface of the nickel-plate, has absolutely no effect. A metal throat mirror was first used by Dr. von Stein, of Moscow, in his clinic and private practice, his instrument being of polished steel.

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