One of us (F.M.A.)1 has suggested possible surgical uses of cold on the evidence of animal experiments and a few clinical cases. Since the adoption of this method as a routine in City Hospital, sufficient clinical evidence has been accumulated to permit an evaluation of the results. This paper gives (1) the reports of 9 cases, in which fatalities, partial successes or difficulties encountered in the early experience are represented, and (2) a table of the results in the entire series of 45 cases to date. The majority of the cases belong to the initial period in which ice or ice water was used for chilling. In the later cases a special refrigerating apparatus has been used in the preparation of patients for operation, producing the same effect more conveniently.
REPORT OF CASES
—A Russian Jewish peddler aged 82 years was admitted Jan. 8, 1941 with arteriosclerosis.
CROSSMAN LW, RUGGIERO WF, HURLEY V, ALLEN FM. REDUCED TEMPERATURES IN SURGERYII. AMPUTATIONS FOR PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE. Arch Surg. 1942;44(1):139–156. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1942.01210190142016
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