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There are not many surgeons in this country who have not, at some time within the last three years, done some experimental intestinal surgery, and the number of dogs sacrificed for the "advancement of science" are counted by the thousands. In no other way could this rapid advance have been wrought in so short a period. To Dr. Senn is due the credit of this desire to improve in the technique of intestinal surgery, and the advent of his decalcified bone plates marked a new era in this branch of our healing art.
The many modifications of his plates by eminent surgeons suggest to the reader's mind that something better is desired. The catgut mats and plates of Davis, the segmented rubber rings of Brokaw, and the plates of vegetable tissue of Dawbarn, are a few of the many methods devised by various surgeons, all of which I have used
CORDIER AH. ELASTIC LIGATURE IN INTESTINAL ANASTOMOSIS. JAMA. 1891;XVII(7):263–264. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410850027001e
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