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May 20, 1933


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Rochester, N. Y.

JAMA. 1933;100(20):1627. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740200061031

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To the Editor:  —I looked up the article mentioned. It is a fine method. I overlooked it in my references.I am not in favor of the use of autofsacia from the patient's thigh, as it makes an additional operation, and the fascia is absorbable.I like the animal fascia better, as it is nonabsorbable.I am not in favor of cutting the intercostal muscle free from the twelfth rib, as it is time consuming, is unnecessary, and adds the risk of accidental pneumothorax in cases in which the pleura extends lower than normal.Dr. Emerson's method preceded mine. It is not his fault that I did not know about it, and he should be given credit for priority.I make no claim to newness or priority. Dr. O. S. Fowler used fascia as early as 1913, from the thigh, as Dr. Emerson does (Fowler, O. S.: Ureteral Obstruction Causing

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