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Who invented and used this curious bistoury? What was it used for? Why did a lady of high standing consent to be the first person to be subjected to its use? I believe I am entitled to say that there are few operations in surgery so perfectly simple in their performance, and so entirely in their results, as division of the ... (see answer below). Figure 1. The bistoury, with its ebony handle, has a spring that keeps it closed Figure 2. A screw (arrowed) limits the extent to which the knife (with its external cutting edge) can be opened Answer

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

H Bramwell Cook, Formerly Gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

H Bramwell Cook.

Correspondence Email

hbcook@xtra.co.nz

Competing Interests

James Young Simpson. Clinical Lectures on Diseases of Women. Philadephia: Blanchard and Lea 1863, pp117-9. http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=fsM_AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA118&lpg=PA118&dq=james+young+simpson+metrotome&source=bl&ots=vnU8xiyfrO&sig=vhrDSEJ3kxQrPjIo-JgKgRPBayw&hl=en&ei=7YNoTfXUOYqesQPUw92mBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDQQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=falseJames Young Simpson, edited by W O Priestley and Horatio R Storer. The obstetric memoirs and contributions of James Y Simpson, Volume 1. J B Lippincott and Co, 1855, pp264-6.http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=ZsYRAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+obstetric+memoirs+and+contributions+of+James+Y.+Simpson+%E2%80%93+Sir+James+Young+Simpson&hl=en&ei=XOZ1TZrAEIuisQP3kOXIBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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Who invented and used this curious bistoury? What was it used for? Why did a lady of high standing consent to be the first person to be subjected to its use? I believe I am entitled to say that there are few operations in surgery so perfectly simple in their performance, and so entirely in their results, as division of the ... (see answer below). Figure 1. The bistoury, with its ebony handle, has a spring that keeps it closed Figure 2. A screw (arrowed) limits the extent to which the knife (with its external cutting edge) can be opened Answer

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

H Bramwell Cook, Formerly Gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

H Bramwell Cook.

Correspondence Email

hbcook@xtra.co.nz

Competing Interests

James Young Simpson. Clinical Lectures on Diseases of Women. Philadephia: Blanchard and Lea 1863, pp117-9. http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=fsM_AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA118&lpg=PA118&dq=james+young+simpson+metrotome&source=bl&ots=vnU8xiyfrO&sig=vhrDSEJ3kxQrPjIo-JgKgRPBayw&hl=en&ei=7YNoTfXUOYqesQPUw92mBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDQQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=falseJames Young Simpson, edited by W O Priestley and Horatio R Storer. The obstetric memoirs and contributions of James Y Simpson, Volume 1. J B Lippincott and Co, 1855, pp264-6.http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=ZsYRAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+obstetric+memoirs+and+contributions+of+James+Y.+Simpson+%E2%80%93+Sir+James+Young+Simpson&hl=en&ei=XOZ1TZrAEIuisQP3kOXIBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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Who invented and used this curious bistoury? What was it used for? Why did a lady of high standing consent to be the first person to be subjected to its use? I believe I am entitled to say that there are few operations in surgery so perfectly simple in their performance, and so entirely in their results, as division of the ... (see answer below). Figure 1. The bistoury, with its ebony handle, has a spring that keeps it closed Figure 2. A screw (arrowed) limits the extent to which the knife (with its external cutting edge) can be opened Answer

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

H Bramwell Cook, Formerly Gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

H Bramwell Cook.

Correspondence Email

hbcook@xtra.co.nz

Competing Interests

James Young Simpson. Clinical Lectures on Diseases of Women. Philadephia: Blanchard and Lea 1863, pp117-9. http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=fsM_AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA118&lpg=PA118&dq=james+young+simpson+metrotome&source=bl&ots=vnU8xiyfrO&sig=vhrDSEJ3kxQrPjIo-JgKgRPBayw&hl=en&ei=7YNoTfXUOYqesQPUw92mBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDQQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=falseJames Young Simpson, edited by W O Priestley and Horatio R Storer. The obstetric memoirs and contributions of James Y Simpson, Volume 1. J B Lippincott and Co, 1855, pp264-6.http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=ZsYRAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+obstetric+memoirs+and+contributions+of+James+Y.+Simpson+%E2%80%93+Sir+James+Young+Simpson&hl=en&ei=XOZ1TZrAEIuisQP3kOXIBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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