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February 22, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):353-355. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600005002a

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To the members of the Jackson County Medical Society a paper on appendicitis may, on first thought, seem a trite topic for discussion, yet when the many phases of this treacherous disease are called to mind we at once realize that it is a topic the importance of which demands oft repeated discussions, that a more unanimous opinion of the pathology of the disease may be obtained, and its proper treatment better understood. In the face of our more advanced and modern pathologic knowledge we yet have conscientious practitioners who claim that they have never seen a case of appendicitis, and another class also exists, that admit having cases, but claim the ability to cure them, denying the probability of a death from the disease. A still more liberal class may be found that is willing to meet the surgeon halfway and become associated with him in the case, waiting

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