It may be said without fear of contradiction that we owe to anesthesia, antisepsis and hemostasis not only the immense advance in modern surgery and its still greater possibilities, but a tendency to loose methods and careless work. This follows so naturally the comparative immunity from danger which surgical patients now enjoy that we need to be constantly on guard against it. With the patient before one on the operating-table, anesthetized, insensate as the raw material under the hand of the artisan and protected from immediate danger by the safeguards of hemostatis and antisepsis there is for some too great temptation to loiter over unessential details, to do showy work or to undertake daring experiments. Also the favorable conditions under which we may operate to-day make it easy to forget that in handling organs or tissues of the body we are dealing with living substances of different degrees of resisting
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