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April 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, the Presbyterian Hospital, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1954;68(4):574-590. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01260050576022

MODERN techniques and methods have so greatly expanded vascular surgery that this field is now extended widely and is no longer confined to a few experimental centers and large institutions. It is this wide application of vascular surgical techniques which has prompted the research upon which the present report is based.

Problems of considerable magnitude have attended the organization and maintenance of arterial banks, both as to collection and as to preservation of tissues suitable for grafts for clinical surgical use. The present experiments were undertaken in a search for methods by which tissue suitable for arterial replacement could be made available without reliance upon stored tissue or upon the coincidence of availability of suitable fresh material.

CRITERIA FOR MATERIALS  Criteria for materials for arterial substitution (grafts) have been thoughtfully considered to be the following: strength of material, adaptability to and acceptance by the host, ready availability, safety, and, in

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