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August 31, 1940

THE NON COMPOS MENTIS TREATMENT OF APPENDICITIS

JAMA. 1940;115(9):786-787. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810350130017

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Abstract

A recent issue of an extraordinary publication called the Journal of Drugless Physicians contains an article entitled "Appendicitis and Its Cure" by one Richard Van Rumpt, PH.C. (what is a PH.C.?), of New York City. "In this treatise," he begins, "we will not discuss causes, pathology and theories. We will discuss the Chiropractic and other manipulative treatment." He then disregards pathology entirely and suggests a manipulative treatment for a serious surgical condition, saying:

The methods to be described will be for acute appendicitis only. By "acute" we mean a typical case, with fever, pain, high white blood count, etc. Let us proceed. We are called to the bedside of a patient suffering with an unmistakable attack of acute appendicitis. The first thing we do after making our thorough physical, laboratory and Chiropractic examination, is to test the Vagus nerve against the appendiceal pain to see if the pain is of

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