JAMA. 1907;XLIX(22):1837-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320220025001e.
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As the use of buried sutures and ligatures constitutes an important part of most operative procedures, their selection and application is of far-reaching consequence. To some these considerations seem so elementary as to be unworthy of more than passing notice, but to my mind they are so fundamental in their relation to the domain of operative surgery as to demand such critical examination as will lead to their safe employment. In fact, the outcome of most cutting operations will fail in the full measure of their beneficent purpose, in the proportion which the operator fails to comprehend the scientific basis of their employment.

It is universally conceded that simplicity in the art and technic of surgery is the purpose and endeavor of those who stand as its best representatives, and that, other things being equal, a close adherence to these principles marks the radical difference between the successful and unsuccessful


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