This paper is a study of 1,680 consecutive unselected cases of acute appendicitis which occurred at the Beth-El Hospital between the years 1930 and 1938, inclusive. The report is based only on cases in which there was pathologic evidence that warranted classification of the condition as acute. No case in which the condition was not diagnosed pathologically as acute is included, regardless of the clinical diagnosis. Parenthetically, it may be noted that during the period under survey there were 194 cases, or 11.6 per cent of the 1,680, in which the patients were admitted with a diagnosis of acute appendicitis which pathologic examination including microscopy failed to confirm.
In evaluating our figures, a brief description of the service is important. The hospital, of some 280 beds, is situated in one of the most congested and densely populated districts in the city of New York (population about 350,000 in about 3
JENNINGS JE, BURGER HH, JACOBI M. ACUTE APPENDICITISA CLINICAL AND PATHOLOGIC STUDY OF 1,680 CONSECUTIVE CASES. Arch Surg. 1942;44(5):896-911. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1942.01210230120008