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August 5, 1893

APPENDICITIS: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT—FROM A SURGICAL STANDPOINT.Read before the Section on Surgery and Anatomy at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(6):195-201. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420580017001f

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Abstract

Among many with the fear of surgery before their eyes, there is a widespread and possibly a growing opinion that the advanced surgeon of to-day rushes upon every so-called case of appendicitis knife in hand, something after the manner in which our English friends fearfully dread the wild onslaught of the murderous Comanche in Chicago. To the surgeon holding in his mind the dangers and complexities of all serious abdominal work, most of all that in which the integrity of the vital organs is involved, the eagerness with which this operation is supposed to be sought is amusing. With those to whom the abdomen is as yet a fairyland of surgery, where reputation may be speedily got, and mistakes hastily veiled in the coroner's office by death from heart failure and exhaustion, the fair field is enticing. But woe to the untrained explorer who anchors his tray beside the siren,

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