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July 29, 1893

INTESTINAL ANASTOMOSIS—BY A NEW METHOD, WITHOUT PLATES AND WITH BUT TWO KNOTS—EITHER SILK OR CATGUT SUTURES MAY BE USED.Read before the Section of Surgery aud Anatomy at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(5):150-154. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420570010001b

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When through injury or disease it is found necessary to exclude or remove a portion of the intestinal canal, the question of restoration of its continuity which comes to the surgeon, and how or which is the best method to accomplish this desired result is one of great importance.

Many methods are now in the surgical field; but we cannot have one too many if all are good, and the surgeon must familiarize himself with one method or be equally proficient in all, in case of an emergency, such as gunshot wounds or strangulated hernia.

The universal interest which has been manifested in the plate operation and its modifications, indicate very clearly that any method which promises an improvement in the technique of intestinal surgery, whether in suturing or the saving of time, will be gladly welcomed by the profession.

It is now more than a year ago that I

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