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August 29, 1908

GANGRENOUS APPENDICITIS COMPLICATING HERNIA.OCCURRING THREE WEEKS AFTER BIRTH IN A PREMATURE CHILD.

JAMA. 1908;LI(9):754-755. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410090036002

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Abstract

History.  —R. T. was born March 31, 1908, six weeks before the end of a carefully computed term of pregnancy. He was the third child of a physician. His mother and one of his brothers had been operated on for appendicitis. Two weeks after birth his weight was five pounds and four ounces. Considering the circumstances, the child seemed normal and gained satisfactorily in weight. Thus on April 7 his weight was five pounds and two ounces and on April 11 five pounds and eight ounces. Shortly after birth a. small reducible tumor was noted in the right inguinal region, the enlargement gradually extending into the scrotum. When the child was three weeks and three days old the father called in a physician, who applied a truss with a small wooden pad, the hernia being apparently thoroughly reduced. The truss was put on about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and

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