The surgical use of paraffin as a prosthetic measure is a recent advancement in the surgical art and consequently is in a more or less experimental stage of development. The first instance in which it was used in an attempt to remedy a defect in the human anatomy dates back but a few years, and while the number of cases in the literature is increasing rapidly, they are still so few in number that every operation of this character should be reported. It is only by a careful classification and study of a large number of cases that we may be enabled to arrive at a definite conclusion as to the merits and demerits of the method, as a recognized surgical procedure.
The attempts at improvement which terminate unsatisfactorily are of even more import than are the cases which result favorably. The temptation is to report the successful operations and to postpone