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William C. Speidel, A.B., M.D.
JAMA. 1916;LXVII(17):1228. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.25910170002011b.
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The instrument illustrated herewith is self explanatory. The advantages of a double pointed needle are obvious. Among them may be mentioned:

  1. Time is saved, in that it is only necessary to seize the needle once on inserting it and once on withdrawal and reinsertion.

  2. Action is facilitated in the angles which are so frequently encountered in deep suturing, as the gallbladder, and pelvic and general abdominal work whenever a curved needle is indicated.

  3. In intestinal suturing where a purse string stitch is desirable, it finds particular service; for example, in a Czerny-Lembert it can be worked with clocklike precision, requiring an easy to and fro movement, through and right back again, a straight form of needle being employed here.

  4. The difficulty in utilizing short ends of suture is reduced to a minimum, and proves a saving of catgut or other material.

  5. It is simple. It may be seized at either


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