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December 1958

Freeze-Dried Arterial HomograftsDetails of Technique of Processing and Analysis of Vessels Used Over a Two-Year Period

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San Francisco

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;77(6):947-953. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01290050117022

Introduction  The concept of an artery bank for processing, storing, and distributing homologous arteries has become well established in recent years. Units to prepare vessels for use as homografts have appeared in many parts of the country, and some of the progress that has been made in the field of vascular surgery in the last few years can be attributed to the existence of these banks, which have made available to surgeons a supply of homografts.That arterial homografts have been and continue to be of great importance in vascular surgery no one will deny. Their future is still obscure, however, in that much progress has been made in the use of synthetic materials as vessel prostheses and developments along these lines are sure to continue. The ready availability of a manufactured product is a great inducement to use of the synthetic grafts, but it would be wrong to base

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