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February 10, 1951


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416 Marlborough Street, Boston.

JAMA. 1951;145(6):427. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920240063025

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To the Editor:—  In the April 29, 1943 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine is a report on the incidence of appendicitis in 29,802 cases of the common contagious diseases, which was written by Dr. M. Goodman and me. Since that time, there have appeared articles in various journals with single case reports of appendicitis complicating communicable diseases. The authors do not mention our study and present the facts as something new and stimulating in medicine. For example, in The Journal of Dec. 23, 1950, the article by Dr. F. Schaar contains a single case report of mumps complicated by acute appendicitis. The author refers to only nine similar cases in the literature, dating from 1903.We reported in our series from the Willard Parker Hospital, New York, 8 cases of this type in our mumps group during a period of only five years.I do not mean

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