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To the Editor:—
In their article on suture of stab wound of the heart (The Journal, June 1, p. 1979) Drs. George Benet and Charles Gordon Spivey say: "The first recorded attempt to suture a stab wound of the heart was made by Cappelan in 1895." I desire to call to their attention the fact that on July 9, 1893, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Negro surgeon of Provident Hospital in Chicago, performed a successful surgical exploration of the heart for a stab wound. He recorded this case in the New York Medical Record (51:437 [March 27] 1897) under the title "Stab Wound of Heart and Pericardium."
Garvin CH. SUTURE OF STAB WOUND OF HEART. JAMA. 1935;105(10):817. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760360065023