Heretofore there has been no instrument on the market that will securely hold a soft, friable tonsil while it is being liberated from its pillars and while the snare or tonsillotome is being adjusted and used. The instrument here illustrated consists of two spirally curved prongs, flattened on the upper surface, each making the half turn of a screw; these are mounted on a long slender shaft having an octagonal handle.
Some of the chief points in favor of the instrument are the following:
1. It is simple, occupies little space, can be instantly engaged or disengaged by a half turn in either direction, and admits of either the snare or tonsillotome being used with the greatest facility after the tenaculum has been placed in position.
2. The traction area of the instrument, which may be described as that portion of tissue that lies vertically above the engaging parts of