open access

Vol 12, No 3 (2006)
Miscellanea
Published online: 2006-08-01
Get Citation

Evolution of opinions on vascular trauma treatment in Polish medical literature at the turn of 19th century

Marek Durakiewicz
Acta Angiologica 2006;12(3):124-139.

open access

Vol 12, No 3 (2006)
Miscellanea
Published online: 2006-08-01

Abstract

Progress in the treatment of vascular trauma was initiated by a trend to change traditional ligation of injured vessels to their reconstruction. Initially lateral sutures were used, then circular sutures and at last reconstruction of injured vessels with venous homograft. These methods competed for decades, having many advocates and opponents. In the year 1900 it was stated that circular ligation may have a dangerous impact on organ nutrition. It was concluded that this treatment was not satisfactory and different methods of preservation of the continuous vascular system should be developed. The aim of this study is to present a survey of Polish-language medical literature concerning vascular operative techniques from the turn of 19th century. We have listed presentations from the meetings of medical associations, original and review papers as well as published Polish translations of foreign scientific papers. In the beginning ligation seemed to be the best treatment of haemorrhage or posttraumatic aneurysm. The existing method of reconstruction with venous homograft was not commonly performed. When the idea of reconstruction with a venous graft was commonly accepted the main topic of discussion remained the size of the venous graft. In Poland Romuald Weglowski introduced this method of reconstruction. It should be strongly emphasized that this problem was widely presented in Polish medical literature from the end of 19th century, which formed the origins of modern Polish vascular surgery.

Abstract

Progress in the treatment of vascular trauma was initiated by a trend to change traditional ligation of injured vessels to their reconstruction. Initially lateral sutures were used, then circular sutures and at last reconstruction of injured vessels with venous homograft. These methods competed for decades, having many advocates and opponents. In the year 1900 it was stated that circular ligation may have a dangerous impact on organ nutrition. It was concluded that this treatment was not satisfactory and different methods of preservation of the continuous vascular system should be developed. The aim of this study is to present a survey of Polish-language medical literature concerning vascular operative techniques from the turn of 19th century. We have listed presentations from the meetings of medical associations, original and review papers as well as published Polish translations of foreign scientific papers. In the beginning ligation seemed to be the best treatment of haemorrhage or posttraumatic aneurysm. The existing method of reconstruction with venous homograft was not commonly performed. When the idea of reconstruction with a venous graft was commonly accepted the main topic of discussion remained the size of the venous graft. In Poland Romuald Weglowski introduced this method of reconstruction. It should be strongly emphasized that this problem was widely presented in Polish medical literature from the end of 19th century, which formed the origins of modern Polish vascular surgery.
Citation Formats

Keywords

history of vascular surgery; vascular trauma

About this article
Title

Evolution of opinions on vascular trauma treatment in Polish medical literature at the turn of 19th century

Journal

Acta Angiologica

Issue

Vol 12, No 3 (2006)

Pages

124-139

Published online

2006-08-01

Bibliographic record

Acta Angiologica 2006;12(3):124-139.

Keywords

history of vascular surgery
vascular trauma

Authors

Marek Durakiewicz

Important: This website uses cookies. More >>

The cookies allow us to identify your computer and find out details about your last visit. They remembering whether you've visited the site before, so that you remain logged in - or to help us work out how many new website visitors we get each month. Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.

By "Via Medica sp. z o.o." sp.k., ul. Świętokrzyska 73, 80–180 Gdańsk

tel.:+48 58 320 94 94, faks:+48 58 320 94 60, e-mail: viamedica@viamedica.pl