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November 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1117-1118. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480440037004

Probably every surgeon of much experience has seen several cases of severe post-operative pneumonia, and possibly of death, following operation for appendicitis. A more careful observation of the condition of the lungs after all operations would no doubt show a larger proportion of cases in which there is some inflammation of the lungs after these operations than is generally supposed. The symptoms are so slight in many cases that they might be readily overlooked, and recovery is little if any delayed.

Sonnenburg1 of Berlin, who has become well known to American surgeons as one of the few advocates of the early operative treatment of appendicitis in Germany, has recently published a very interesting paper on this subject. In 1,000 cases of appendicitis operated on in private and hospital practice, he finds lung complications following operation in 5 per cent, of all cases. In 740 cases operated on at the