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May 21, 1955


Author Affiliations

U. S. N.; U. S. N. R.

From the U. S. Naval Medical School, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1955;158(3):171-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030021006

Advances in the surgery of trauma save function and, ideally, life. These advances add the responsibility of reclaiming life so that the person may fill a useful place in society and in the nation's economy. Certain tissues can be stored and grafted with clinical success; these play a decisive role in the care of the patient from injury to complete recovery. A tissue bank that offers, and thereby permits, the free and successful transplant of human tissues has always been the surgeon's desire. Dr. Alexis Carrel1 said, in 1912, before the Section on Surgery of the American Medical Association in Atlantic City, N. J.: "It would be very convenient for the surgeon to keep [in storage] pieces of skin, periosteum, bone, cartilage, blood vessels, peritoneum, omentum and fat ready to be used." This paper presents various aspects of procurement, preservation, clinical development, and use of tissues at the tissue

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