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September 30, 1939

Appendicitis: A Statistical Study

JAMA. 1939;113(14):1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800390078035

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Much of the data in this statistical report were obtained from published sources; of the thirty-six tables presented, a little more than half are original, comprising general data from England and Wales and more detailed material from three large London hospitals. The aim of the study as quoted in the preface was to obtain information "as to the factors which may influence the mortality." While such factors are mentioned as the marital state (single women are more likely to die of appendicitis than married ones), one looks in vain for detailed data which may have a therapeutic application, e. g. material on the question of delayed operation in appendical peritonitis, which is uppermost in the minds of many physicians. The only suggestive data on this question are contained in the comparative mortality rates from the London, St. Thomas's and University College hospitals. The last named, where immediate operation was the

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