The history of the surgical treatment of arterial embolism is a comparatively short one. This is somewhat difficult to explain in view of the fact that the principles of vascular surgery have been developing since the time of John Hunter. The first surgeon of record to attempt to remove an embolus by arteriotomy was Ssabanejew.1 In 1895, because of the impending gangrene of a leg, he opened the femoral artery and endeavored to remove the embolus. He was not successful, and after amputation of the leg the patient died. The first completely successful operation was performed by Labey2 in 1911, when he removed an embolus from the femoral artery six hours after the occurrence of symptoms. The chronology of attempt and success is detailed at length in the article which Einar Key3 wrote in 1921. At this time, Key reported the first series of importance, and it
ZIEROLD AA. THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF ARTERIAL EMBOLISM. JAMA. 1933;101(1):7–9. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740260009002
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