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June 9, 1888

THE APPENDIX VERMIFORME, ITS FUNCTION, PATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT.Read in the Section on Surgery at the Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Cincinnati, May 8, 1888.

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JAMA. 1888;X(23):707-714. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400490007001a

In writing of "Intestinal Obstructions," Mr. Traves states, that "their importance may, in one way, be estimated by the circumstance that over 2,000 individuals die every year in Great Britain from obstructions of the bowels, exclusive of hernia." Dr. Senn, of Milwaukee, also considers them of such consequence, that during the last eighteen months (January 1888) he has reported "one hundred and fifty operations performed on animals, for the purpose of studying the effects of the principal varieties of intestinal obstructions produced artificially." Traves does not state what proportion of the deaths he speaks of, were due to disorders of the appendix, and Dr. Senn's experiments have not yet been extended to this tube. It is, however, widely known, that the appendix is sometimes a cause of constriction of the ileum, and that stenosis of its cæcal orifice, from inflammation of its coats, or concretions or foreign bodies in

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