Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915
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Aug 5 15 In morning attended operations. Dr Blake gave clinical lecture on hernia. We had two cases (1) Indirect inguinal . (2) congenital sliding (rare) In the first the cord was transplanted & the rectus brought down & sutured to Pouparts. In the second the sac could not be tied off well or the intestine dissected up because sliding & the loss of blood supply that might result. Another operation was a popleteal bursitis -- the bursa as large as a turkey egg was dissected out. At night developed pictures in the xray lab. Smiles the xray chief is quite a friend of ours. Pictures excellent. Went to tea c Miss Ballallie the head nurse and Miss Robb. Dr. Blake said to a few of us this morning that when he went to St. Lukes he adopted McBurneys technique. He went on to say that McB was one of the smoothest & best operators of his day. Abbe was there at that time, but he has always been noted for his mistakes. Dr. Bull was a wonderful man. Altho, unsterile he made such a clean cut incision that he