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Appendicitis is talked of and written about a great deal, and when I go around with my professional friends who practice in the small cities and villages, they all say: "Appendicitis is a great fad. We seldom see a case; why is it that you see so much and operate on so many, while we rarely see a case?" Some of them even, who look at everything with a pessimistic eye, say that many cases are operated upon and reported that are not cases of appendicitis at all. Some of them have quite a large practice and only once in a while do they see a case that they call appendicitis, and how others can see dozens and hundreds a year is utterly beyond their comprehension. But the solution is very easy; from what I am able to find out, from the number of cases of appendicitis occurring in the
CARSTENS JH. REMARKS ON APPENDICITIS. JAMA. 1895;XXV(19):816–817. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430450032001m
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