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Rabbits were used for the experiments because it did not happen to be convenient for me to use larger animals, although the latter would have been better. An incision about an inch and a half in length was made in the middle abdominal line in a series of adult rabbits and then the wounds were closed with catgut in two tiers. The first tier included peritoneum, muscle and fibrous tissues. The second tier united skin margins.
The method of examining the character of repaired tissues afterwards consisted in dividing up the abdominal walls into half inch wide strips, cut transversely, the rabbits having been killed with chloroform. The strips were then dissected in such a way that skin was separated from muscles and muscles from peritoneum. The strips of separate tissues were tossed into a beaker of water to prevent drying while tests were being made to determine the strength
MORRIS RT. A REPORT OF EXPERIMENTS GERMANE TO THE SUBJECT OF ABDOMINAL SUPPORTERS AFTER LAPAROTOMY. Read before the Section of Gynecology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit, Mich., June 10, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(2):43–44. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420020015001g
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