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December 1940


Arch Surg. 1940;41(6):1414-1425. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1940.01210060111010

A profound and exhaustive study of wound healing appears in an article by Arey,1 which should be informative and illuminating to all students of surgery. This study was conducted without reference to the presence of sutures and stands virtually as a control for any study on wound healing complicated by additional influences. Thus a study of wound healing as influenced by sutures is of paramount importance from the standpoint of fundamental and practical application.

The controversy concerning absorbable and nonabsorbable sutures has been fluctuating ever since Halsted2 broke away from the precedent of absorbable sutures to advocate the use of silk sutures.

In recent years the subject has interested me very much. In my experiences with various sutures, such as plain, chromic, tanned and iodized catgut and silk, linen, steel wire and artificial sutures, I have felt that the controversy concerning the relative merits of absorbable and nonabsorbable