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July 27, 1895


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JAMA. 1895;XXV(4):136-139. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430300008002b

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In briefly discussing the subject of the prophylaxis of infection in operative surgery, it is my intention to speak also of the measures necessary to prevent unnatural union between tissues under the title given to this paper, and I shall first speak of the operation of amputation as it relates to the prophylaxis of infection and, in connection therewith, the prevention of the amalgamation of heterologous structures in the reparative processes of the wound. But before entering upon the subject I may be permitted to preface the discussion with the observation that there is but one author in the world, so far as I am aware, who holds and advocates the theory that the apposition of peritoneum to peritoneum is a surgical error, although I am clearly cognizant of the fact that thousands of operations terminate in the unnatural union of tissues; that is, the union of tissues of a

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