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February 14, 1903

Connell Suture Not Cause of Death.

JAMA. 1903;XL(7):459-460. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490070045011

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To the Editor:  —On page 91 of the December issue of the American Journal of Surgery and Gynecology I notice an item entitled "Death from the Connell Suture." A perusal of this item reminds one of the definition that appeared some time ago in a small school dictionary, where the word "crab" was defined as "a red fish that crawls backward." Now, to the superficial observer, this definition was eminently satisfactory; but to the inquiring mind—one that was after the facts in the case—it was found to be all right, too, except that a crab is not red, nor is it a fish, nor does it crawl backward.So, too, with the item referred to, the superficial observer is satisfied. It is enough for him to read that death and the fatal hemorrhage were caused by the "Connell suture," and that had a "Czerny-Lembert suture been employed, this fatal termination might have

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