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September 16, 1899

New Instrument.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(12):744. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450640058022

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A Dissector.  BY B. BRINDLEY EADS, M.D.CHICAGO.The instrument, a cut of which is here given has been invaluable to the writer in his operative work and doubtless will prove to be a most serviceable one to the general surgeon. All surgeons use some form of blunt instrument, it may be a director, a dissector or the handle of the scalpel, while the instrument here presented combines the advantages of all in one. It is made from a single piece of metal, seven inches in length, consisting of a central portion, the handle and two extremities, one of which is hook-shaped and fenestrated near the end and the other, slightly curved and blade-shaped, has a single longitudinal groove in the center. The latter is used for the isolation of structures located in tissue which can be pushed aside, thus avoiding hemorrhage and keeping the field of operation dry. This

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