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November 1, 1902

THE RELATIVE MERITS OF THE VARIOUS METHODS OF INTESTINAL ANASTOMOSIS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1097-1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480440017001d
Abstract

At the outset I will state that my paper will be confined entirely to mechanical and experimental work. My work consists of six hundred and fifty experimental operations on the dead intestine and twenty on living pigs. Fifty operations were done in 1895 and 1896; two hundred in 1900; two hundred during 1901, and two hundred during the present year. All types of methods have been tested. No operation has been brought into the contest until it had been done more than twenty-five times. For speed, an average of time in ten operations of a kind has been taken. For accuracy the dead gut has been sewed, distended with air and sunk in water. Final results have been tested on living pigs killed two to three months after operation. Pigs have been used instead of dogs because the intestines are more like human.

MERITS FROM A MECHANICAL STANDPOINT.  In considering

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