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April 1942

A RETRACTOR FOR USE IN NECK SURGERY

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COLUMBUS, OHIO

Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;35(4):651-652. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.00670010656015

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Abstract

A retractor is presented which is adaptable to use in certain operations on the neck, particularly operations on the larynx and especially total laryngectomy. This instrument has finally been perfected to suit my wants after numerous changes in several previous models. It does away with the presence and irregular aid of another assistant.

It makes possible retraction of the lateral border and the lower angle of the incision and furnishes a nontraumatic means of administering vapor anesthesia, if and when such is desired. It also is quickly adaptable to the insertion of a soft rubber tube for aspiration of the bronchi.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTRUMENT  The framework can be easily understood as working on hinge D and regulated by the set screw on the handle. D is a double deck screw-nut, two thumb screws at different levels. These screws hold in place the anesthetic and aspiration tube, C, and the

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