July 20, 1895

A Post-mortem Examination in a Case of Appendiceal Abscess.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(3):121. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430290039009

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Tecumseh, Mich., July 13, 1895.

To the Editor:  —Mrs. B., age about 54 years, was confined to her bed on the first of July of the present year. The family sent for a homeopath, who appears to have had not the slightest idea of the nature of her illness, but apparently satisfied the gullibility of the friends until the death of the patient, which occurred ten days from the commencement of the attack. After death, the friends became anxious to know the cause, and whether, or not, the patient died from neuralgia of the heart, which was the cause assigned by this ignorant homeopath. At the solicitation of the family, three physicians (including the writer), and two homeopaths attended the post-mortem examination. Upon opening the abdominal cavity, there was found a ruptured appendiceal abscess which occurred a few hours before death; doubtless the rupture was produced by the attendant pressing

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