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February 27, 1897

A SIMPLE METHOD OF ATTACHING THE CALVARIUM AFTER POSTMORTEM.

Author Affiliations

MILWAUKEE, WIS.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):407. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090025002n

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Abstract

Every one who has done any number of autopsies has been annoyed by the displacement of the skull cap after the work is finished. To remedy this a number of methods have been devised to retain it in place, such as cutting the bone at an angle, sewing the temporal fascia, but none, so far as I know, has proven satisfactory.

This led me to devise the following:

Just before ready to remove the calvarium, mark the skull with the saw on each side at right angles to the circular incision. When ready to replace the skull cap incise it to the depth of half an inch at the point marked, then incise the skull (on the proximal side) at the point marked to the same depth. When the calvarium is replaced this makes a slit the width of the saw half on each side of the circular incision. Now

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