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July 2, 1910


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JAMA. 1910;55(1):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330010019007

During the past twenty-five years the pathology of appendicitis has been cleared up and the operative treatment has been elaborated and commented on so extensively that the entire country has been thoroughly informed of the gravity of the condition and equally convinced of the necessity for surgical treatment. Dexterous surgeons perform appendectomy with such marvelous simplicity and rapidity before admiring classes and visitors that the latter are impressed with the ease and rapidity of the operation, and fail utterly to realize that there is a surgical reason for every step of this procedure, or that this seasoned operator has worked many months or years to perfect his technic and to study out his attack along the lines of proper surgical anatomy. They see only the simplified application of correct principles.

The result of this is that surgery of the vermiform appendix is more extensively practiced than ever before, and consequently

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