Three years ago it was my privilege to present to this Section a preliminary report of a new procedure in suturing hernia. Since that time I have been continuously using the method then described, until the cases operated on have become sufficient in number and the time elapsed long enough to form conclusions as to its value. The results of these three years' work I now ask the opportunity of presenting.
Before doing this, however, let me epitomize the main features of the former communication and describe in brief the only differences necessary in the technic of "hernia work when done with living sutures. I demonstrated at that time (1) that it was an easy matter to split the tendinous aponeurosis of the external oblique from the external ring to the commencement of its muscle belly, by simply lengthening the usual splitting of this structure. (2) From
McARTHUR LL. AUTOPLASTIC SUTURES IN HERNIA AND OTHER DIASTASES.FINAL REPORT. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(15):1039–1048. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500150001e
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