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August 23, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(8):435. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480340029006

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When Louis XIV. of France had a fistula it is said that the loyal courtiers could show no better evidence of their fealty than by attempting to follow his example and the sum of human comfort in high life must have been greatly reduced. A lay paper suggests that King Edward has much to answer for in giving appendicitis royal approval, and quotes English journals to the effect that this particular disorder has greatly increased in Great Britain since the royal abscess was discharged. We congratulate our confrères across the water on the surgical harvest that is before them. It is one of the disadvantages of republican institutions that we have no one to set the fashion in medical as well as in other matters. Still it would not be surprising if there should be an appendicitis epidemic among the Anglo-maniacs in Newport and in New York.

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