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September 23, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(13):1223. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800380002011a

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Fastening the fascial strip to the Gallie needle by suture or ligature wastes time and crushes the end of the strip enough to make it a foreign body. After watching me try various mechanical fasteners only to discard them, my operating room supervisor Sister Mary Clare suggested the obvious solution sketched here. For smooth passage the loop should follow after the needle, not be wrapped round the eye. Use of this loop for two years has shown several advantages and one disadvantage: it does not hold against a strong pull. But fascial strips should not be subjected either to tension or to ungentle surgery.

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