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November 14, 1908


Author Affiliations

Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Washington University Medical School. ST. LOUIS.

JAMA. 1908;LI(20):1658-1662. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410200006001a

INTRODUCTION.  The subject of blood-vessel surgery is not new. For many years surgeons have occasionally been called on not only to repair traumatic or pathologic injuries in the walls of arteries and veins, but also to unite the ends of cut vessels. An excellent review of the literature has been given by Murphy.1 Among recent investigators and successful operators in this field, two of the leaders whose methods and results are known to all are present to-day. I refer to Drs. J. B. Murphy and Rudolph Matas. Their success has been due primarily to their refined technic, which essentially comprises the admixture of judgment and skill together with the employment of instruments and materials in accordance with the structures operated on. Dr. Tuholske tells me of successful results he has obtained by suturing blood vessels. No doubt there are other surgeons present who could likewise demonstrate successful results. Since