In the light of modern science old experiences and theories are to be viewed in a new way, and many facts are subject to an interpretation quite other than originally given. This is especially true in surgery in reference to the rôle of the suture. The introduction of antiseptic wound treatment has modified the use of the ligature and suture to a degree which renders possible results hitherto never attained.
A review of the principles of suturing necessarily involves a brief consideration of the ligature. Its application to arrest hæmorrhage seems so natural that it may be accepted as probable that it has been used from the earliest times of the race; certainly it was known to Hippocrates. Although frequent mention is made of the ligature by the earliest writers, it was considered a bold innovation when Ambrose Paré advocated the tying of vessels in amputations, and we can now
MARCY HO. THE SURGICAL ADVANTAGES OF THE BURIED ANIMAL SUTURE, AND ITS ADAPTABILITY TO SPECIAL PURPOSES. Read in the Section on Surgery, at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1888. JAMA. 1888;XI(3):73–76. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400550001001
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