The numerous methods of suturing that are described and the various mechanical devices that are demonstrated, even in our recent standard text-books of surgery, prove that the ideal method for intestinal approximation of anastomosis has not been discovered. Some of the methods of suturing have been successfully used by surgeons in a series of cases until they were almost ready to declare the method all that could be desired, when a sad accident occurred and the postmortem showed a defect in its workings. The same may be truthfully said of all the mechanical devices up to the present time.
The new method of operating and the new device here explained is the result of a year's work. I began with the idea that, in an end to end approximation of an intestine or an anastomosis of the intestine with the stomach, either where the severed end is used to make
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