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October 12, 1940

ACUTE APPENDICITIS IN CHILDRENA CLINICAL STUDY OF MORE THAN 1,000 CASES

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO; ST. LOUIS; CHICAGO

From the Surgical Service of the Cook County Hospital and Rush Medical College.

JAMA. 1940;115(15):1239-1242. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410005003
Abstract

There is probably no one subject in the entire field of surgery that has aroused more widespread interest among the public and the members of the medical profession than that of acute appendicitis and its complications. Yet the very fact that at this session the American Medical Association is devoting a symposium to this topic, even though more than half a century has elapsed since the pioneer work of Reginald Fitz, seems proof enough that there remains a good deal of uncertainty, at times, as to methods of management of the patient with appendicitis. Much progress, nevertheless, has been made and is being made, especially as the result of careful clinical studies in large series of cases. Too often, however, papers have been written on evidence obtained by a review of hospital records rather than from personal observation of patients, and therefore the conclusions drawn have sometimes not been as

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