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August 22, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(8):418-422. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430860022001h

All authors on internal medicine whom I have studied on this subject (Niemeyer, Eichhorst, Strümpell, Kunze, etc.) regard it unanimously to be the first rule in the treatment of appendicitis, to let the patient have complete immobility, not even allowing examination with palpation. In all the papers on gymnastics which I have perused. I have not found a single word mentioning the benefit or even the possibility of a gymnastic treatment for the disease in question. As far as I know, the only publication on the subject to be found is in the report from the Swedish Medical Congress in Norrköping, 1887, where Dr. A. Wide reports about four cases which he has treated. During the last years some masseurs have made use of massage in this disease, regarding the treatment as often very serviceable, although always more or less dangerous. I wish to present my experience on the subject.

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