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Eur Urol. 2003 Mar;43(3):320-2.

Joseph-Frédéric-Benoît Charrière: master cutler and instrument designer.

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Department of Urology, St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland.


Modern surgery owes its development to the innovations and skill of those craftsmen in the early 19th Century. Joseph-Frédéric-Benoît Charrière was a Parisian Cutler of renowned fame. He pioneered many developments in ether administration, urologic and other general surgical instrumentation. He also made profound modifications to the syringe, haemostat and aneurysm clip. Charrière, most importantly, developed the French (Fr) or Charrière (Ch) gauge system used in sizing catheters and endoscopic equipment (1 Charr. = 0.333 mm). His contributions were widespread and are still evident today.

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