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Last updated: February 21, 2005.
In 1877, Walter Whitehead (1840 to 1913, surgeon in Manchester, England) designed a new mouth gag particularly for facilitating oropharyngeal operative procedures. The Whitehead mouth gag was a double-arm frame gag with a stop to lock and unlock the bilateral ratchet; various modifications of this mouth gag have been developed and manufactured.
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