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September 26, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(13):1098-1099. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110130098031

McBurney, surgeon of Manhattan, described the operative management of acute appendicitis, with and without complications, not long after Fitz suggested the term "appendicitis," and associated clinical symptoms with postmortem findings. McBurney was noted for his deft operative skill, for the recognition of the importance of asepsis in the operating room, for clarity of presentation in lectures, and for the formulation of sound ideas of surgical therapy. He was born in Roxbury, Mass, attended Boston Latin School, received the AB and AM degrees from Harvard University, and the MD from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Following an internship at Bellevue Hospital, he went to Vienna, Paris, and London for postgraduate study, and began the practice of surgery in New York at the age of 28. At various times he was on the staff of major hospitals in the area: St. Luke's, Bellevue, Presbyterian, New York Hospital, and