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November 4, 1916


Author Affiliations

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons ABINGDON, VA.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(19):1364-1365. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590190026009

So much has been written on the subject of appendicitis that there is little left to be said. If one, however, may be allowed to record his impressions from his personal experience with a very important phase of the condition which I have selected as my subject, I hope it may, at least, furnish a basis for an interesting discussion.

In reviewing our case histories, covering a period of five years, we find the records of 404 cases of appendicitis. This embraces all classes of appendicitis, and includes all ages. Our youngest patient was 4 years of age, and the oldest 63. Of the 404 cases, thirty-seven, or approximately 9 per cent. occurred in children of from 4 to 14 years of age. Two of the thirty-seven children died following operation, giving an operative mortality of 5.4 per cent. In addition to this, one child entered the hospital in a