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October 25, 1902


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JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(17):1041-1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480430023001f

Eleven years have elapsed since the first operation for appendicitis was done for me by an eminent surgeon of Philadelphia. The patient was a lad eleven years of age, who had had at least two previous attacks, and the operation may be said to have been done after recovery from the second attack. It was successful and the boy recovered without a bad symptom. Since then I have lost no opportunity to study the disease from a physician's standpoint and sought to gather some information whose application might save some of the lives which are still unfortunately lost by this disease. In the course of my observation I have noted the following: First, that there occur a certain number of cases so evident and decided that no one questions the propriety of operation. These cases are all characterized by the cardinal symptoms of sudden and severe pain, great tenderness in

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