Having been requested. to present a paper on this very comprehensive subject, I believe to be best enabled to meet the requirements expected by considering the subject in its anatomical, physiological and pathological aspects, since here as elsewhere, a knowledge of the first of these is a prerequisite to the understanding of vital processes, normal and abnormal. To enter into anatomical details requires no apology here, since this is the Section of Anatomy as well as that of Surgery.
Anatomy.—Strange as it may appear, the topography of the cæcum, the vermiform appendix, and the ileum is greatly misapprehended, not only by the profession as a body, but by most anatomical writers. All agree that the cæcum, or caput coli, is a blind pouch about three inches in diameter, two and a half inches in length, and the widest part of the large intestine. In the relations of the cæcum to
RANSOHOFF J. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, AND PATHOLOGY OF THE CÆCUM AND APPENDIX. Read in the Section on Surgery, at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1888. JAMA. 1888;XI(2):40–46. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400540004001a
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