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September 27, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(13):963-966. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660130003002

After the first year of life, appendicitis is the most frequent of all the acute emergencies of abdominal disease. Although it is primarily a disease of young persons, approximately 50 per cent, of the cases occurring in the first twenty years, no time of life, from earliest infancy to old age, is exempt. In a compiled series of more than 16,000 cases, Kelley1 found 2.5 per cent, in the first five years of life; 8.3 per cent. in the next five-year period, and 16.3 per cent, in the third. This corresponds quite closely with our experience at St. Luke's Hospital, where, in a series of 888 cases of acute appendicitis admitted, in the five years prior to January, 1924, the percentages for the first three five-year periods were found to be 3.5, 8.5 and 16, respectively. Much consideration has been given to acute appendicitis in children, but, with some