On the evening of Thursday, January 26, 1888, I was summoned by telegraph to Somerset, Ky., to meet Drs. George Perkins and I. S. Warren, of that town, in consultation. Going by a night train, I joined Drs. Perkins, Warren, and Owens, Sr., at the bedside of the patient at 8 o'clock on the morning of the following day, the 27th.
The patient was a well-known young physician, Dr. J. L. Owens, of Somerset, and. I reproduce the history of his illness up to the time of my first visit in Dr. Perkins' own words: "For several months prior to the illness of Dr. J. L. Owens he had been subject to occasional attacks of colic. These attacks were not very severe, would occur without warning, were of short duration, and were frequently attended with nausea and vomiting. They were attributed to indigestion. On January 10 I was first called
McMURTRY LS. A CASE OF TYPHLITIS, WITH DOUBLE PERFORATION OF THE CÆCUM, AND PERITONITIS,IN WHICH LAPAROTOMY AND SUTURE OF THE GUT WERE FOLLOWED BY RECOVERY. Read in the Section on Surgery at Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Asssociation, May, 1888.. JAMA. 1888;XI(1):9–11. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400530025001b