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August 17, 1907

Personal Surgical Errors.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(7):616. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530070086019

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New York City, Aug. 8, 1907.

To the Editor:  —It is doubly gratifying to read such an article as that with the above title in The Journal, July 20. The world is full of honest men, but not so full of brave men, for it takes such a man to own and proclaim his mistakes publicly. Among these errors is one to which I desire to call particular attention; namely, the employment of the catgut purse-string suture in dealing with the stump of the amputated appendix. The patient died suddenly on the third day. The postmortem showed that the suture had given away, and that the bowel contents had escaped into the peritoneal cavity, causing the patient's death. The author continues: "I then commenced to use linen thread; many of these patients, however, complained so bitterly of pain in the region of the stump for several months that I later

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