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October 15, 1904

Should the Appendix Be Removed When the Abdomen Is Opened for Other Conditions?

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(16):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500160060016

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Baltimore, Oct. 4, 1904.

To the Editor:  —I beg leave to make a slight correction in an admirable article by Dr. Floyd McRae in The Journal, Sept. 24, 1904, on "The Diagnosis of Appendicitis, Should the Appendix Be Removed When the Abdomen Is Opened for Other Conditions?" He writes as follows: "Kelly, in his classical work on gynecology, gives the opinion of a number of the leading surgeons and gynecologists in this question. Most of them were of the opinion that the removal of the appendix, unless markedly diseased, should not be a routine practice, the author agreeing with them." My remarks on this subject were published, not in my "Operative Gynecology," but in a paper entitled "Under What Circumstances Is It Advisable to Remove the Vermiform Appendix?" which appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 25, 1902. The point in regard to which I asked for

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