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Some two years ago, after experimenting with several other kinds of material for an artificial vitreous, I commenced the use of aluminium for this purpose, and so far have met with nothing but very satisfactory results in its use. In the beginning of my experiments a complete hollow ball was used, and the results were about the same as are secured by the use of the glass ball, that is, good results in a majority of cases, with an occasional case in which, sooner or later, the ball was extruded. The fact that this unfortunate result would occasionally occur, led me to try the experiment of using a frame instead of a complete ball, allowing the cavity to fill up with granulation tissue. These experiments were carried on with dogs, and proved fairly satisfactory, the failures, when they did occur, being due to infection, which is very difficult to avoid
BRYANT DC. EXPERIMENTS IN THE USE OF ALUMINIUM FOR ARTIFICIAL VITREOUS. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(13):713–715. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450130032002m
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