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June 1937

TONSIL DISSECTOR AND PILLAR RETRACTOR

Author Affiliations

ARDMORE, PA.
From the Departments of Otolaryngology of the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Service of Dr. George M. Coates, and the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Philadelphia.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;25(6):695. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650010789011
Abstract

With the aid of Mr. H. G. Herold of the George P. Pilling & Son Company, a tonsil dissector and pillar retractor was designed to incorporate into one instrument the salient features of two well known and much used instruments, the Hurd pillar retractor and the Freer elevator.

That part of the retractor which comes in contact with the anterior pillar and with which traction is exerted has had a semilunar curvature added to conform to the natural curvature of the pillar. This, I believe, permits a better exposure of the fossa and decreases the amount of trauma; consequently there is less discomfort to the patient when the instrument is used for examination in the office, in the

performance of the tonsillectomy, in postoperative hemorrhagic measures or for routine postoperative examination. The handle is round and corrugated to provide a firm grip. This permits increased traction if necessary. The spatulated

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