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February 19, 1898

The Appendicitis Question.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(8):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440600045011

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Detroit, Mich., Feb. 14, 1898.

To the Editor:  —It has been a rule in my life never to go into a controversy with people, although I have sometimes sent communications to the Journal, giving my views when I disagreed with others. My friend from Richmond, Ind., has sent a long reply to my last communication, and, after carefully reading it, I have come to the conclusion that he is a nice, good fellow and a progressive physician at heart, and if we bring our views together I am sure we will perfectly agree, excepting on some minor details.He quotes Treves and Thalamon, both of whom had limited experience with the operation of appendicitis, and whose opinions should not count alongside of such men as Robert Morris, J. B. Murphy, Joseph Price, Fowler and Deaver, men who have had hundreds of operations and seen the terrible results of procrastination. When

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