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The operative treatment of wounds of the cardiac muscle is one of the latest advances in surgery. Enough has been done to show that in a certain proportion of cases—nearly 25 per cent, according to the latest statistics—life can be saved by prompt intervention and suture of cardiac wounds, at least in special cases, and the future of surgical intervention will probably give better results than in the past. Improved technique based upon widened experience can hardly fail to show improved results. That the success already attained has been suggestive of still more daring operations in cases of cardiac abnormalities, is shown by a recent communication by Sir T. Lauder Brunton,1 in which he discusses the feasibility of operation for the relief of mitral stenosis. Even a grave risk, he says, is perhaps justifiable for the chance of relieving the distressing symptoms that sometimes occur in this condition. Thus
SURGICAL TREATMENT OF MITRAL STENOSIS.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):589. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090041011
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