Just a little side note:
Last evening on television, I was watching "Discovery" a science
program and they featured Lenord Lee. After Leonard retired from
Lee Valley he opened a small design firm in Almonte Ontario. Just to
the south of Ottawa. I believe the firms name is Canics. The
firm primarily designs tools etc.
Leonard was approached by a medical doctor, who had previously
purchase numerous items from Lee Valley. The doctor "who's name
escapes me" asked Lenord to take a look at a problem he was having.
The problem was the standard flat blade scalpal which was originally
designed in 1915 and had several problems.
For example: The way the scalpal was held in the hand relied on the
muscle control and nervous system of the forearm, which was not as
responsive and lacked the sensitivity of the human hand. Likewise,
for staff, changing the blade on the scalpal was a difficult and
End result; Leonard designed a more ergonomic handle with an ejection
mechanism which would safely eject the blade when it was changed.
Leonard then went on to develope several other devices. One device
was designed to hold surgical incisions open, during procedures while
working alone, and/or without cluttering up the work area by requiring
a second set of hands to assist or by using other instruments.
Another device was developed to do the opposite, by assisting with the
closing of incisions during procedures and also closing surgical
wounds gradually over a period of time, allowing the skin to strech.
In effect, it eliminates the problem of sutures tearing out of the
skin, when the skin has been stretched to close a wound.
I thought I'd pass this along, simply because the contribution Leonard
Lee and Lee Valley (Robin) have made is quite considerable, and
frankly I thought the story was quite interesting.
On Tue, 7 Dec 2004 00:21:12 -0700, "James \"Cubby\" Culbertson"
Hey, this is great. Who else but Lee Valley would be pioneering a new era of
do-it-yourself home surgery. Next time I need a surgical procedure I'll
order the soon-to-be-released workbench to surgical table conversion kit and
save myself $10,000 or more in medical bills.
Canica. THe web site includes a clip from the Discovery Channel.
Interesting stuff. I especially was impressed by the hand-holding jig
that he designed based on Lee Valley super fridge magnets!
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