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September 18, 1972

Medical News

JAMA. 1972;221(12):1341-1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200250003002

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Composite grafts find clinical use  A casual question in the surgeons' room over a postoperative cup of coffee four years ago has led to the development of a new technique that could have wide applications in the field of reconstructive surgery.John Conley, MD, of New York and Joseph Giatini, MD, were chatting when Dr. Giatini, an orthopedist, asked his colleague if he thought a rib with its soft tissue attachments and blood supply could be "swung over" to create a new radius. His patient had lost the bone in his arm to osteomyelitis."I thought there was a good chance it would work and was telling him so when suddenly I saw the light. I could apply this technique to my own field of reconstructive surgery," Dr. Conley said in an interview.In the four years since this conversation Dr. Conley has been developing new ways to use bone