Medicine: Pitkin's Bone Hammer

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, surgeons who needed to chisel and cut bones were last week using for their operations a pneumatic hammer adapted by a young surgeon who, despite his father's plan for him to become a missionary in China, had through the force of impulse become a medico—Horace Collins Pitkin.

Surgeon Pitkin's device, which was described technically in the July number of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, consists of a small pneumatic hammer originally designed by the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. to...

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