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No complication in operative surgery has occupied the mind of the surgeon with so much interest, responsibility and anxiety, as the prevention and arrest of hemorrhage.
It is unnecessary to recapitulate the different methods adopted by the profession from time to time, as there are none in this Section of the Association who are not familiar with them all.
This importance was never so strongly presented to the mind of the author as on the 10th day of August, 1886, when about to perform, for the first time, an amputation at the hip-joint in a patient 58 years old. The literature of the different methods for preventing hemorrhage in this operation was carefully examined, but none promised the security to the patient that could be wished. It is not astonishing that the dread of the patient dying on the operation table from hemorrhage, (an accident which has so often occurred)
MUSCROFT CS. RESULTS IN ELEVEN CASES OF A NEW METHOD FOR ARRESTING BLEEDING IN SURGICAL OPERATIONS AND CONDITIONS, AND FOR THE TREATMENT OF ANEURISMS. Read in the Section on Surgery and Anatomy at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1888. JAMA. 1889;XII(3):73–75. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400800001001
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