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June 1, 1935

SUTURE OF STAB WOUND OF THE HEARTREPORT OF CASE

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COLUMBIA, S. C.

JAMA. 1935;104(22):1979-1981. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760220025008
Abstract

Until the end of the nineteenth century, thoracic surgery lagged far behind the advances made in abdominal surgery, and any surgical procedure on the heart itself was considered an impossibilty. As late as 1883 the great Billroth announced that "the surgeon who should attempt to suture a wound of the heart would lose the respect of his colleagues." It remained for the intrepid Cappelan to venture into this unknown field. The first recorded attempt to suture a stab wound of the heart was made by Cappelan in 1895. His patient died after two days. Farina made the second attempt in 1896, with fatal results. The first successful case was that of Rehn in 1897, and ten years later he was able to collect 124 cases in which suture had been performed, with a 40 per cent recovery. In 1920 the literature contained 305 cases, with 50.4 per cent recovery (Tuffier),

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