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February 26, 1898

Appendicitis: Comments Upon Dr. Haughton's Letter.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):502. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440610050014

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New York, Feb. 15, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal for Feb. 12, 1898, I find a reply from Dr. Haughton to Dr. Carstens which seems to fail to comprehend the subject of appendicitis in just the proper way. Perhaps there is no subject in medicine more thoroughly understood than that of appendicitis. The pathology, etiology, symptomatology and anatomy are all so completely recorded by our authorities that it is only the men who are too busy to read the works of authorities who imagine that there is still much room for discussion upon the subject. It has been demonstrated and recorded that the operative death-rate in acute and in chronic appendicitis without abscess, is only a fraction of 1 per cent, at the hands of several of our American surgeons.It has been demonstrated and recorded that the men who represent diagnostic acumen of the highest order are

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