A NEW NEEDLE FOR USE WITH THE McGRAW ELASTIC LIGATURE.
S. EDWARD SANDERSON, M.D.DETROIT, MICH.This needle has the following advantages: It is simple in construction, being all in one piece (Fig. 1); the diameter is small, the size, 3 mm., will hold a ligature of 5 mm. diameter; it is of convenient length, 4½ inches; as it is to be threaded by the operator or his assistant, it can be used any number of times; although the needle is designed in different sizes for different sized ligatures, yet, by tapering and trimming the ligature and then threading single or double, one sized needle may answer for all sizes of ligature.The end of a large ligature can be tapered so as to pass far enough through to be grasped and then drawn through beyond the tapering point, which is cut off. The compressed end is held by the grasp of the needle (Fig. 2).