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October 5, 1912


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Appleton, Wis.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(14):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100058022

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The literature is replete with numerous contributions by various authors concerning membranous pericolitis, Jackson's membrane and other terms designating the same condition, with many theories as to its etiology. I cannot add anything to the present conception of this condition, but wish merely to report the following with the hope that it may serve to throw light on the pathology of this rather obscure condition.

Miss M., aged 19 years, was operated on at Theda Clark Memorial Hospital, Neenah, Wis., Aug. 17, 1912, for rightsided pain confined to the right hypochondriac and ileocecal region. The attack was of two days' duration. Temperature was 90.5 F., pulse 90. Constipation and some anorexia were present, but no vomiting. There was rigidity of the right rectus muscle. The urine was normal. A diagnosis was made of an appendicitis or a pericolitis with bands or perhaps both together. Through a right rectus incision the

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