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June 3, 1911

New Suture Material

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Columbus, O.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(22):1671. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560220047029

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To the Editor:  —For a number of months I have been using, particularly in certain forms of plastic work, a new suture material to which my attention was first called by Dr. Gates, of Bucyrus, O. The material is enameled copper wire. This wire is used in electric work, is very cheap, and I have found it very satisfactory. I get it in two sizes, the smaller size taking the place perfectly of horsehair, while being in many respects much more satisfactory. I use it largely in cases in which I wish to secure accurate apposition of skin incision so as to avoid scar. I have also used the larger size in cleft palate work, using a shot to secure the ends of the wire, the shot not only holding the ends securely but in a large measure keeping the child from working his tongue against the roof of the

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