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November 1972

Tissue Adhesives in Surgery

Author Affiliations

Downey, Calif

Arch Surg. 1972;105(5):808. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180110125042

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Tissue Adhesives in Surgery is an encyclopedic compendium of the current status of the medical uses of the alkyl alphacyanoacrylates. These compounds are used primarily as an adhesive to repair tissue and control hemostasis in highly vascular organs. Unfortunately, the use of "glues" in surgical repair is still in its infancy, if not in its embryonic stage.

While the author and his many contributors, in discussing the present cryanoacrylates, lead the reader to expect a bright future, they, nevertheless, caution that the preparations now available are not recommended as substitutes for conventional repair techniques.

This book is well organized and provides detailed information about the chemistry, use, toxicity, and physical and pathologic properties of this class of materials. Most of the chapters have a concise summary with an extensive bibliography.

The last third of the volume is devoted to studies of the cryanoacrylates in other countries. One wonders whether material

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