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July 2, 1904

Removal of the Normal Appendix When Exposed.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500010047015

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New York City, June 14, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In the discussion at the Atlantic City session on the removal of normal appendices in the course of other work, I opposed the idea on three points: Removal of the appendix delays the other operation, adds a little to the danger, and, if the idea is taught by competent men, it will be carried out by those who will manage to get a death rate out of it. Immediately after the meeting I joined a group of physicians who expressed surprise at my stand, and who said that they were under the impression that I favored the removal of normal appendices anyway, as a prophylactic measure to be applied generally. As with other surgeons, a good many stories about me and my work "go the rounds," and many of them have a basis of fact. I would not correct any that

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