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ONE of the most dramatic recent breakthroughs in surgery has been the varied uses to which silicones have been put.
Most work has been centered around the silicone rubbers, because their inertness permits solution of certain mechanical and engineering problems in surgery; for example, drainage valves have been inserted in over 35,000 hydrocephalics, many patients have silicone heart valves, others have silicone jackets around intracranial aneurysms, and countless numbers have had scleral buckling procedures using silicone, to mention but a few of the applications. The rubbers are now so commonly used that they may be purchased from any medical supply house.
Of late, more attention has been directed to use of liquid silicones—the state in which the materials first found medical adoption. An article detailing experiences with these substances will be found in this issue of the Archives.
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