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Liston-type artery forceps, London, England, 1831-1870

Artery forceps are used as a clamp to stop bleeding during surgery. This type of forceps was invented by Robert Liston (1794-1847), an English surgeon famous for his speed and skill in surgery. They are often referred to as “bulldog” forceps.

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Glossary: artery forceps

forceps are a two-bladed instrument with a handle for compressing or grasping tissues in surgical operations, and for handling sterile dressings, etc. Artery forceps are for specifically grasping and compressing an artery.