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March 17, 1923


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JAMA. 1923;80(11):789. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640380053026

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To the Editor:  —Dr. Leonard A. Mackall (The Journal, February 24, p. 572) says that the first case of appendicitis is that described by Heister in 1753, and that this fact was first pointed out by Dr. R. S. Rudolf of Toronto in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, May, 1913. In the third edition of Dr. Deaver's book on appendicitis, published in Philadelphia by Blakiston in 1905, I revised the chapter on the history of appendicitis, and there at page 16, Heister's case is noted and at page 11 a case of appendicitis described by Fernelius in 1567 is described. The original references to all these cases were consulted in the library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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