JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Surgeons have lately been devoting considerable attention to the diagnostic
value of the white blood cell count, specially in acute abdominal conditions,
and with very contradictory results, as shown by their conclusions. Some have
expressed the belief that leucocytosis as an aid to the surgeon in diagnosis
is far from having positive value; that the facts are too much at variance
and too contradictory to be relied on; and that, as at present developed in
the hands of the average surgeon if constantly acted on, do great harm. Others
believe that there is considerable diagnostic value in the leucocyte count
in doubtful cases and always have an estimation made in such cases.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LEUCOCYTOSIS IN SURGICAL DIAGNOSIS.. JAMA. 2003;289(7):924. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.924