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In experimental work in the laboratory, in which I have had the assistance of Dr. W. Lassiter, we have found the use of the fine tenacula of the Elsberg outfit advantageous in doing transfusion experiments on the lower animals with the Crile tube. The tenaculum is thrust through the Crile tube, hooks the artery by the circumference, and draws it through more quickly and with less traumatism than when sutures are used for the purpose or the artery is pushed through. The artery once drawn through, a second tenaculum suffices to cuff the extremity over the Crile tube. Here the cuff may be secured with a ligature over one of the grooves or, if desired, it can be held in place with the two tenacula while with two more the recipient vessel is drawn over the cuffed donor vessel and a single ligature used to hold both over the tube.
GESSNER HB. TECHNIC IN TRANSFUSION. JAMA. 1909;LIII(14):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550140030003c