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October 1928

THE RELATIVE MECHANICAL STRENGTH OF ENTEROSTOMIES PERFORMED WITH AND WITHOUT CLAMPS: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY

Author Affiliations

NEW ORLEANS
From the Department of Surgery, Tulane University of Louisiana School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1928;17(4):658-671. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140100128009
Abstract

Certainly many, perhaps most, of those members of the medical profession whose interest leans toward surgery, especially abdominal surgery, have a fairly well defined mental reaction either in favor of or opposed to the use of clamps in intestinal work. On the one hand, there are those who believe that the use of clamps is a pernicious practice and one which should be generally abandoned, while, on the other hand, there are those who feel that for one reason or another the technic in which clamps are used is preferable to a clampless method; still others believe that the use of clamps should perhaps be confined to the occasional or relatively unskilful operator, while a clampless technic should be the goal of the finished surgeon.

Though there have appeared in the literature over a number of years various studies which have pointed out some of the possible unfavorable sequelae of

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