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M. Mayer has communicated to the Belgian Academy of Medicine an article on appendicitis. The large number of cases in which he has operated, and the results, which improved as his technic improved, are the main features of his article. The communication deals with 2,304 cases classified as acute, subacute and chronic appendicitis, and including 596 men (26 per cent) and 1,708 women (74 per cent). Fifty-eight per cent of the cases were primary, while 42 per cent were secondary. The mortality was as follows: patients with acute appendicitis operated on between 1902 and 1908, 20 per cent; between 1908 and 1918, 15 per cent, and from 1918 to 1925, 6 per cent; primary chronic appendicitis, operation in 582 cases, no deaths; and secondary chronic appendicitis, operation in 962 cases, with no fatalities.Mayer does not attach great importance to any of the points of special tenderness in the
BELGIUM. JAMA. 1926;87(20):1660–1661. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680200060020
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