So many prominent surgeons have adopted my suggestions for the preparation of catgut1 that I wish to describe methods which make the procedure vastly simpler in its application, and which at the same time remove any element of uncertainty regarding the results likely to be attained.
Catgut prepared according to this formula has been used by the Mayo brothers in almost 5,000 operations and has been adopted by such well-known surgeons as Drs. Burrell, Collins, Cushing, Deaver, Finney, Frazier, Meyer and Murphy, as well as the men on the staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital and on that of the Pennsylvania Hospital and many others. This is a sufficient testimonial to the worth of the procedure, and I am more than certain that the present[ill]modification of it here described can not fail to attract new users.
As at present recommended very little time or trouble need be expended in
BARTLETT W. A SIMPLIFIED HEAT METHOD OF STERILIZING AND STORING CATGUT.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(16):1168–1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510430018003a