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Toledo, Ohio, July 27, 1904.
To the Editor:
—The New York Medical Journal, March 12, 1904, speaks of the work of Hepperlen with the gelatin cylinder as a support during the suturing of the cut ends of the bowel. Five years ago, while surgeon for the Edward Ford Plate Glass Co., I did a great deal of experimental work with soluble cylinders for intestinal supports during the suturing. I found the simple gelatin capsule as satisfactory as any. I add my small indorsement to this method as a simple and rapid way of holding the bowel ends, for quick suturing of the same.
Harpster CM. Intestinal Suture with the Gelatin Cylinder. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(6):412. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500060048014
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