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The successful surgical treatment of peritonitis caused by infective lesions of the appendix vermiformis constitutes the most brilliant chapter of modern aggressive surgery. The surgeons have taught physicians by scientific research, as well as by lessons learned from clinical experience, that peritonitis, in the majority of cases, is a secondary affection, and that its successful treatment depends largely upon the detection and removal of the primary cause. The present large amount of knowledge concerning appendicitis and its complications is largely the result of the work of American surgeons. The European surgeons are slow in accepting the teachings and practice, as developed and promulgated in this country, but in the near future they will have to submit to the most convincing proof—the results of clinical experience. During the last five years so much literature on the surgical treatment of inflammatory affections of the appendix has accumulated that this subject has become
SENN N. APPENDICITIS OBLITERANS.Read before the Chicago Academy of Medicine, March 16, 1894.. JAMA. 1894;XXII(12):403–411. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420910001001