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December 1, 1900

Connell's Suture; A Question of Priority.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(22):1421. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460480041016

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Troy, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1900.

To the Editor:  In November, 1896, I had the privilege of assisting Professor Thomas H. Manley, of New York, in a case of gangrenous strangulated hernia, necessitating a resection and lateral enterorrhaphy. The gangrenous loop measured 27 inches, and more than 3 inches of both free ends of gut were also excised, in all about 30 inches. In this instance the lateral enterorrhaphy was done by the "Connell" method, the patient making a prompt recovery. This was the first case of intestinal resection for gangrenous hernia by the "Connell suture" on record; but I am informed that the same surgeon again employed the same suture successfully in August last, after the excision of 19 inches of mortified intestine; here again uneventful recovery followed.I venture to intrude on your kindness in this matter, especially for two reasons: 1, to call attention to the "Connell,"

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