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December 5, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(23):879-881. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411010017001f

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[At the annual meeting of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, held in New York in September, in the discussion upon suture material, Dr. Henry O. Marcy, of Boston, advocated the use of kangaroo tendons, and the interest in the subject is so general, that we reprint the following from the volume of Transactions now in press.]

I take pleasure in exhibiting, at the request of some of the Fellows, samples of kangaroo tendons, in the condition in which they are sent to me from Australia. It will be noted that this animal has the tendon of the tail disposed in a bundle of parallel fibres, running its entire length. These vary in size, dependent upon the size and species of the animal. As will be observed, they are easily separated into even, smooth, round strands of uniform size. Those from the species called the wallabee are preferable, since the

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