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January 24, 1948

The Causation of Appendicitis

JAMA. 1948;136(4):287. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890210071030

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Dr. Short admits that a readily identifiable cause is not apparent in the great majority of patients with appendicitis. He suggests that diet may have much to do with establishing the disease, that when the intestinal contents lack cellulose they are too fluid and too readily enter the appendix where they dry and form fecoliths which eventually produce obstruction.

Such a bare outline does not do justice to the work that went into the preparation of this booklet or to the attractive manner in which its arguments are presented. How often did appendicitis occur in ancient times? In Elizabethan days did the two "honest and discreete matrons within every parish who shall bee sworne truely to search the body of eury such person as shall happen to dye within the same parish, to the ende that they make true reporte to the clerke of the parish of all such as

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