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August 23, 1902

Gastroptosia Not Gastroptosis. Perityphlitis Not Appendicitis.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(8):441. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480340035011

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New York City, Aug. 16, 1902.

To the Editor:  —We physicians are frequently charged by intelligent laymen with a love for hair-splitting, with fighting over unimportant trifles, with wasting our energies on speculative theories, etc., while neglecting the most important part, the welfare of the patient. Dr. Rose's letter in to-day's issue of The Journal shows conclusively that those charges are not without foundation. To judge by the intense earnestness of his tone and by the severity of his remonstance to the journals which have been so sacrilegious as to print gastroptosis and nephroptosis instead of gastroptosia and nephroptosia, one would think that it was a matter of life and death, that it was an important question in therapeutics, the proper discussion of which involved the weal or. woe of thousands of suffering patients. Oh, those hair-splitting purists! In spite of repeated admonitions, they seem to forget (or do not

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