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September 24, 1904

THE DIAGNOSIS OF APPENDICITIS.SHOULD THE APPENDIX BE EEMOVED WHEN THE ABDOMEN IS OPEN FOR OTHER CONDITIONS?

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ATLANTA, GA.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(13):856-859. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500130001a
Abstract

So much has been written and said about the case of diagnosing appendiceal disease, so little stress has been laid on the occasional difficulty of making a correct diagnosis, that condemnation is heaped on those who fail to appreciate the real condition. Sight is lost of the fact that the best diagnosticians and abdominal surgeons are occasionally put to it to determine whether the appendix is the seat of the trouble or not. Mistakes are made by the very best surgeons. Each of us should profit by his own mistakes and the mistakes of his fellows, and each of us should be willing to give the whole profession his experiences, fairly and unreservedly.

1 have only removed 272 appendices of which I have accurate records. In forty instances, multiple operations were done at the same séance, and in many of them the diseased condition of the appendix

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