When a given disease is brought into prominent notice, it is often difficult to state whether there is an actual or only an apparent increase in its incidence. In order to ascertain the truth on this point, it is necessary to learn whether the same disease has appeared in the mortality sheets under other names and if a greater knowledge of the disease may not have led to its more frequent recognition. So far as appendicitis is concerned, there has been for years discussion as to whether or not the disease is on the increase. Some observers, such as Lucas-Championnière, have gone so far as to say that it is practically a new disease, but others, as Villaret, for example, strenuously oppose the idea that the condition is any more common than it used to be.
There is no doubt that the older clinicians failed to recognize the appendix as
IS APPENDICITIS ON THE INCREASE? JAMA. 1906;XLVII(24):2014. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520240048004
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