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OF

COMPARATIVE MEDICINE

AND

VETERINARY ARCHIVES.

EDITED AND PUBLISHED BY

RUSH SHIPPEN HUIDEKOPER, Veterinarian (Alsort),
W. HORACE HOSKINS, D.V.S.,

H. D. GILL, V.S.

VOLUME XXI.

OFFICE OF PUBLICATION:
3452 LUDLOW STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA.

1900.

LONDON; Bailliere,• Tindall & Cor.

THÉARYO URNAL

5790

LIBRARY

COMPARATIVE MEDICINE AND

VETERINARY ARCHIVES.

Vol. XXI.

JANUARY, 1900.

No. 1.

ROUTINE MANIPULATIONS AND OPERATIONS FROM THE
STAND-POINT OF ASEPSIS AND ANTISEPSIS.1

By WM. HERBERT Lowe, D.V.S.,

PATERSON, N. J.

FORMERLY UNITED STATES VETERINARY OFFICER OF THE PORT OF NEW YORK,

It is certainly a very nice thing to treat a rare disease or to perform some unusual operation, but the success of the average veterinary practitioner depends far more, in my opinion, upon the personal adaptability, the power of observation, introspection, the methods, modus operandi, experience, judgment, and dexterity exercised in the routine manipulations and operations of his practice than in the occasional performance of some rare and unusual operation. Too much importance cannot be laid upon intelligent and thorough attention to method and detail in our everyday practice. The principles underlying all surgical procedures are the same, whether the case be the treatment of an ordinary wound or the performance of one of the more difficult and delicale operations known to veterinary science.

Some people are always waiting for an opportunity to do some wonderful thing, and let thousands of little matters go by that, taken advantage of, would have been productive of surprising results. Success comes to the great majority of people by being able and doing ordinary and common things well. The same is true of the surgeon. Compare the number of times you make an examination or dress an ordinary sore or wound to the number of times you are called upon to perform one of the major surgical operations, and you will, I think, agree with me that the routine

1 Read at the Thirty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association, September, 1899.

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