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June 23, 1888

THE APPENDIX VERMIFORME; ITS FUNCTIONS, PATHOLOGICAL CHANGES AND TREATMENT.Read in the Secticn on Surgery at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1888.

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JAMA. 1888;X(25):777-782. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400510013002a

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Preliminary to a consideration of the function pertaining to any organism, it is requisite to understand its structure, or in other words, the physiology of a part depends upon its anatomy.

The presence of the appendix vermiformis in man and in some of the higher order of apes, while absent in most quadrupeds and other inferior animals, may perhaps lead the followers of Darwin to the conclusion that the missing link is to be sought in this development; but I have no inclination to enter into the abstruse question of evolution, and only regret that we are precluded from receiving any information by a study of comparative anatomy in respect to this unique appendage. If the dog and cat were supplied with this structure, the facility for making experiments upon them might enhance very much our knowledge of its normal and abnormal conditions, whether idiopathic or traumatic; but the

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