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September 12, 1908

LIGATION OF THE UMBILICAL CORD.

JAMA. 1908;LI(11):917-918. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410110039002d

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Abstract

In a series of 400 cases I employed the various textbook methods of tying and dressing the umbilical cord and found none of them to my liking. In attempting to eliminate the objectionable features of the various methods I evolved the following which may not be altogether new, but is in my opinion far superior in results to those in use by the majority of practitioners.

The tying of the umbilical cord is the first great crisis in the life of the new-born babe. His inheritance to a life of passive nutrition being cut off, his food and oxygen must be acquired from a new source, and assimilated in a new way.

The usual method of tying the cord two centimeters from the body of the child is most objectionable from a standpoint of drainage. Two grams of decomposing tissue drain their toxins into the circulation of the infant at

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