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April 7, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(14):880-881. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460140052009

A contemporary1 has devoted a recent issue to a sort of symposium on the propriety of the prophylactic removal of the appendix in infants. This was tentatively suggested in 1890 by Burt G. Wilder, and the idea seems to have taken root sufficiently to call out these expressions of opinion ten years later. The opinions on the subject are apparently given in response to a circular letter of inquiry addressed to leading surgeons, and are of interest in showing the trend of surgical opinion on this point. Out of about 90 who gave their views, only 4 or 5 gave even a qualified approval to the procedure at the present time, and only 3 or 4 ventured to hint that the time might come when it would be recognized and adopted by the profession. One was non-committal, several objected to the measure because of the danger from laparotomy in

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