The enormous amount of literature and the unsatisfactory discussions which have been evoked by the appendix, the numerous and varied classifications of inflammation in this anatomic vestige, the attempt to fit pathologic classifications of the subject to the clinical groups of cases and the varying opinions as to whether or not obliteration occurs as a physiologic involution or as the result of inflammatory reaction, and whether or not there is any etiologic relationship between the appendix and conditions in the stomach, duodenum and bile passages, have been the stimuli for this extensive investigation of such a common subject.
The object was not to combat any pathologic or clinical classification of the condition or theory of obliteration, but to confirm or disprove; to consider the subject in such a manner that the clinician and pathologist might better understand each other, and to bring to both a more intimate consideration of processes
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