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September 27, 1902

Gastroptosia not Gastroptosis.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):782. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480390048015

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Ashton, R. I., Aug. 28, 1902.

To the Editor:  —Recurring to the inane controversy about appendicitis and perityphlitis, the latter word is itself a confession of ignorance on the part of those who use it. The word means inflammation in the neighborhood of, περί, about the cecum, τυ[unk]λον. "There is an inflammation somewhere," they say, "we do not know where, but it has reference to the cecum, anyway." They ignore the appendix, a rudimentary organ which has no other apparent object than to create trouble by exciting inflammation (perityphlitis). They fight about words, mistake the effect for the cause, temporize, mistreat the case, and the patient dies.In another case a practical surgeon, unskilled in philology, is called in. He at once pronounces the case to be appendicitis, neither knowing, perhaps, nor caring for the derivation of the word, nor casting a thought on it or its meaning. He promptly operates, removes the

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