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THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1912;LIX(2):122-124. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070123015.
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SATURDAY, JULY 13, 1912 

THE FUSION OF NERVES  The phenomena of degeneration in peripheral nerves after section or injury and their regeneration when the severed portions are united by suture have not only awakened activity along experimental lines, but also stimulated the surgeon to attempt, with success, the practical application of. nerve reunion in neurologic procedure. The old idea that if the severed ends of the nerves were brought together carefully by sutures they might unite by first intention without degeneration in the peripheral stump has long since been given up. Degeneration is inevitable when the living continuity of the fibers has once been

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