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May 22, 1915

Stay Stitch for Deep Wounds

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(21):1781. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570470065028

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 17, 1915, p. 1317, under the caption, "A New Stay Stitch for Deep Wounds," Dr. Edmond Bonnot of St. Louis describes and illustrates a stitch which I have been using for many years and which has been adopted by many of my colleagues. By some it is named for me, but it is not mine. I saw it described years ago, but have forgotten the name of the magazine and the author, remembering only that it came from one of the nearer Southern States, perhaps Virginia. I have called it the mattress suture on edge, have described it frequently while operating before my classes at Bellevue and elsewhere, and have always taken pains to disclaim any credit for its invention.It is a useful stitch, particularly in all locations in which there is a tendency for edges to be inverted, along median depressions,

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