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January 17, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(3):178. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490030042010

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Sometime ago The Journal prophesied a probable greater extension of the disease of appendicitis in British high life through the example set by the king. This prophecy is reported by the daily press as having been fulfilled. Appendicitis is increasing, it is said, in Great Britain by leaps and bounds so that operations for this disease are becoming more and more common. The Countess of Dudley, one of England's noted beauties, is one of the latest who has gone through the operation, and if we had recourse to all the records perhaps we would find, as is said by newspaper writers, that aristocratic appendices are being amputated at very short intervals. What will be the outcome and how long the epidemic will last is beyond knowledge, and we have stopped foretelling.

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