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October 22, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(17):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420170029005

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At Bellevue Hospital, New York, the integument of a black and tan dog was used to repair an extensive injury to the scalp. The patient, a woman, sustained an accident in December, 1890, which has rendered necessary six grafting treatments. In the preceding operations, human grafts had been employed, the skin having been taken from the legs and arms of her husband and her friends. These have been only partially effective, an unhealed surface at the top and back of head nearly six by nine inches having resisted the former implantations. The most recent attempt was the use of a canine graft, a procedure that has seldom been used in this country, although it has in certain sections of Europe been quite frequently tried. In this Bellevue case, both the woman and the dog were anæsthetized, and the dog was killed after the removal of the graft.

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