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June 14, 1902

SUTURE OF HEART WOUNDS.ORATION ON SURGERY, DELIVERED BEFORE THE FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AT SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., JUNE 10-13, 1902.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(24):1560-1568. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480240010002a
Abstract

THE RECORDED SUTURES OF THE HEART.  In 1896 three operations for the suture of wounds of the heart muscle were done. Two are recorded as having been done in 1897. Four are credited to 1898. In 1899 the heart was sutured eleven times, in 1900 three times, and in 1901 nine times, three of this last set being done in this country. This year two operations have thus far been reported. This makes a total of thirty-four operations in the six years following the first attempt to treat, by a simple surgical procedure, an organ usually supposed to be particularly vulnerable, in fact, so vulnerable that any interference, even for surgical purposes, might be followed by immediate fatal results.There is more than enough material here for our consideration at this time, and I beg you to follow me in the necessarily brief discussion which I offer you.In order

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