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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 16, 1999

RAPID CURE FOR APPENDICITIS.

Author Affiliations
 

JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 1999;281(23):2256C. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2256C-JJY90017-2-1

There seems to be nothing too absurd for quacks to claim, papers to print, or fools to believe. The latest is published in a Chicago paper of June 12, and is telegraphed from New York, with other important news. It seems passing strange that a reputable journal would publish such absurd rubbish even for the sake of creating a sensation. . . .

One of the most unusual operations yet recorded in surgery was performed recently on a young woman in this city, by which was effected the cure of a case of appendicitis. No knife was used, no medicine, no poultices, no ice-packs—none of the usual methods of physicians and surgeons to treat this most serious of ailments. So simple was the method employed that only eight minutes elapsed from the time the physician reached the patient until he had completed his work, and as he believes, successfully. . . .

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