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August 29, 1903

DANGERS ATTENDANT ON ATTEMPTS AT GAINING THE INTERVAL IN OPERATIONS FOR APPENDICITIS.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(9):543-547. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490280013001c
Abstract

It is strange that medical men in general and anatomists and physiologists in particular claim that the appendix vermiformis has no function, that it is a useless appendage, playing the part of catching any old thing, or furnishing the surgeon opportunity to rake in illgotten gain. Ridiculous as it is to compare inanimate things to parts of the human body, it may be well to do so here, in order to state that at such a right-angled junction as is formed by the ileocecal connection, an oil cup would be furnished in mechanics, while in hydraulics, as in a sewerage system, for instance, a manhole would be placed. This appendage apparently has secretory functions by which, it is fair to assume, the natural tendency to pastiness of the residue of digestion, after it comes to the cecum, is so modified that it is rendered less

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