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July 29, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(5):377-378. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740300045020

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The Treatment of Acute Appendicitis  The controversy over the treatment of acute appendicitis, which began in the spring of 1932, when the veteran surgeon Sir James Berry, at the Medical Society of London, deprecated too frequent operation, has passed into the hands of the younger surgeons and still continues. Berry's paper was followed by a series of letters in the journals from leading surgeons expressing contradictory views on the propriety of immediate operation in every case. The subject was again debated at the Royal Society of Medicine and with the same result (The Journal, Dec. 17, 1932, p. 2124). Then the Fellowship of Medicine arranged a debate by well known surgeons, at which Lord Moynihan presided, with the result that the voting was almost equally divided, there being a small preponderance in favor of immediate operation in all cases. One of the protagonists in that debate, Mr. R. J. McNeill

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