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Catgut was a type of suture material made from the intestinal fibres of animals.

In 2268, when trying to make a point about the foolishness of wishing away scientific advancements such as interstellar flight, James T. Kirk compared it to Leonard McCoy wishing he still operated with scalpels and sewed up patients with catgut. (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow")

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