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June 7, 1902


Author Affiliations

Professor of Gynecology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chicago; Medical Department of the University of Illinois, and Professor of Gynecology, Chicago Policlinic. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1501-1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480230021001d

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The almost universal employment of the absorbable ligature in surgery of the broad ligament is in itself a confession of the imperfection of our present methods, a protest against the retention of the foreign body in peritoneal wounds, an admission that the less ligature material we use the better. A glance back over the last few decades gives an impressive showing of efforts to do away with it altogether, and while no instrument or appliance has yet been offered upon which we can rely in all circumstances, the écraseur. thermocautery, torsion, retention forceps, electrothermic forceps and the angiotribe mark the several stages of progression towards the ideal hemostatic. This should insure: 1. Absolute security against hemorrhage, primary or secondary. 2. Protection against septic contamination. 3. The minimum injury to the parts treated. 4. Absence of foreign bodies from the wound. By the use of the electrothermic forceps and the angiotribe

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