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April 24, 1897

THE BEST METHOD OF STERILIZING CATGUT.

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WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(17):784. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440170018001g

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Abstract

The following method of preparing catgut has none of the disadvantages which have heretofore prevented the general use of this valuable suture material.

It is unnecessary to wash the gut in ether. The gut (Nos. 0 and 1) is cut in pieces eighteen to twenty-four inches in length, loosely coiled and placed in water for twelve hours at ordinary room temperature, to "swell it." This suggestion of my friend Dr. Kinyoun is a good one, for the obvious reason that the formalin solution will penetrate the more readily into the interior of the gut. I formerly wound the material on glass spools, but soon abandoned the idea, because it became so tightly and firmly contracted around the spool as to render it possible that the formalin solution could not penetrate to the deeper layers of the gut.

The gut is taken from the water and placed in a 5 per

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