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January 14, 1933


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Norfolk, Va.

JAMA. 1933;100(2):115. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27420020003010b

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Of the numerous stab and gunshot wound cases admitted to the surgical clinic service at St. Vincent's Hospital, relatively few involve the heart. The successful suture of a wound of the heart is not an uncommon surgical feat. To the individual surgeon, however, the experience of performing the operation is rare, and the subject receives but little consideration until the occasion presents itself.

The first attempted suture of a wound of the heart in a human being was by Cappelan of Christiania in 1895. Within ten years a statistical study revealed 38.75 per cent of recoveries in 160 cases. These figures have steadily improved. Tuffier, in 1920, compiled a total of 305 cases with 50.4 per cent of recoveries. Ballance, between 1912 and 1920, found 152 cases with 68.4 per cent of recoveries. Cutler, in 1932, reported a survey of patients operated on between 1920 and 1926, a total of

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