For a number of years my experience differed from that of many operators in the fact that the trouble occurred 16 in the male to 1 in the female. An operation on a female, young or old, was uncommon; in boys and young men, very common. In the work of Hunter McGuire the proportion was precisely the same.
In the last three years my experience has wonderfully changed—the proportion now is about the same.
Coincident with increasing numbers of young females, I had a group of old women—some five or six, 60 to 72 years old—with severe attacks of appendicitis, most of them gangrenous.
In young women and children it has occurred in working girls and in young women fond of field sports. This has also been so in young men, about all of them have followed trades or some professional sport. It is simply surprising the great number of
PRICE J. APPENDICITIS.. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(21):1311–1313. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620470001001