This theme certainly lacks the element of novelty, since Barton gave the impulse toward its solution by operation, in 1834. Nor is there any dearth of numerical data to shed light on it. Seven years after the report of the first successful cases of the antiseptic period by Cameron and Lister, Jalaguier, in 1884, was already enabled to collect ninety-four cases of patellar suture with five deaths from infection, not to mention a few disasters like ankylosis, amputation, etc. Eight years ago Powers collected over seven hundred additional cases from literature and from personal reports. The surgeon who is fond of figures, can find few richer fields for statistical deduction than is afforded by the enormous literature at his command. The harvest may be rich. I gladly leave it to another, for farming of this sort is little to my taste.
The fact that the entire question is brought before