Besides the all-important question as to the dangers of an operation, the next in importance with the patient and friends is the necessary time of confinement in bed and of interference with business and every-day occupations. It is surprising how many people refuse absolutely, or put off from time to time, an advisable operation; although they know from common knowledge that the danger is exceedingly slight, yet they "can not afford the time." Having in many instances known of persons whose procrastination in this direction has cost them their lives, great jeopardy or much unnecessary suffering, I have been following the several recognized surgical procedures in the diseases of the appendix in order to choose for my own guidance the safest and shortest cut toward recovery and a return to customary duties.
Most of the professional grief I have suffered was during the growing period of knowledge by the medical
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