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January 1936

A NEW NEEDLE-HOLDER FOR OPHTHALMIC AND OTHER DELICATE SURGERY

Author Affiliations

Boston
From the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;15(1):111-112. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840130121014
Abstract

In suturing wounds in operations for cataract by the aid of the instrument recently described by me1 I have been hampered by the lack of an entirely suitable needle-holder. The difficulty has been especially great when I operated on the left eye while standing behind the patient, owing to the hindrance of the latter's nose. A needle-holder that I have recently devised and constructed has greatly facilitated this particular operation and no doubt will be found of great value in many other delicate operations on the eye and in nasal, abdominal and plastic surgery. Although the instrument is exceedingly small at the working end, it holds the needle more firmly in position without danger of breaking it than any other needle-holder known to me. The instrument as at present constructed will hold any flat or triangular needle commonly used in ophthalmic surgery, either straight or curved. For special pur

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