Iowa State University Veterinarian Records, RS 22/6/0/9, University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University, http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/arch/rgrp/22-6-0-9.html
A description of the ideal suture by the veterinary surgeon would include a material which has: adequate strength, ease of handling, secure knot tying characteristics, minimal tissue reactivity, easy sterilization and predictable absorbability. The search for this ideal or perfect suture material has been lengthy and only partially successful.
Grier, Ron L.
"Surgical Suture - Part I: A Review,"
Iowa State University Veterinarian: Vol. 33
, Article 5.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/iowastate_veterinarian/vol33/iss3/5