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October 24, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(17):449-451. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391160001001

I do not desire to embarrass the members of this Section with any labored discussion of literature, statistics, or pathology, but simply to state as briefly as may be such suggestions as observation, study and experience have shown me to be of importance.

Sutures.—Carbolized silk, mutton-gut, carbolized and hardened in alcohol, whale gut and kangaroo tendon are rapidly assuming prominence. The wire suture is dying, and after a long life of usefulness we see simply that it, too, must follow the law of the survival of the fittest, and give place to better methods. The silver wire suture was not an ideal surgical invention. It was ever an irritant, and always necessitated after interference of more or less annoyance. In Emmet's operation the gut answers every purpose, and after seeing several operations attended with the best results following upon its use, and that of the continuous stitch, I am strongly

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