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March 24, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(12):888-893. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920300028006

Homologous vascular grafts preserved in a blood vessel bank have proved their value clinically, and indications for their use are steadily growing. This stimulating contribution to surgery passed the early experimental stage when Gross and his associates reported the first use of homologous vascular grafts in human patients.1 Since then the use of blood vessel grafts has become well recognized in the surgical treatment of coarctation of the aorta, aneurysms and malignant conditions necessitating the sacrifice of a vital blood vessel.

Establishment of blood vessel banks now seems desirable in large cities where cardiovascular surgery is performed. In New York city more than one bank is impractical because a large number of hospitals are necessary to provide donor material in sufficient quantity. At present, difficulty in obtaining permission for autopsy and the small number of autopsies at which suitable donor material can be obtained limit the number of grafts

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