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December 13, 1902

A CRITICAL REVIEW OF 416 CASES OF APPENDICITIS: OPERATED ON IN THE GERMAN HOSPITAL, PHILADELPHIA, IN 1901.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(24):1498-1505. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480500004002
Abstract

GENERAL STATISTICS.  There were operated on during the year 1901 in the German Hospital and the children's wards of the Mary J. Drexel Home 416 cases of appendicitis.1 Of this number there were 279 acute cases, of which 238 were adults and 41 children, under twelve years of age.There were operated on 137 cases of chronic inflammation of the appendix, of which 134 were adults and 3 children. The mortality in acute cases in adults was 37, or 15.5 per cent.; in children there were 6 deaths, or 14.6 per cent.: making a total death rate in acute cases operated on of 15.3 per cent. This list includes one child who died three months after operation from purulent peritonitis and septic nephritis with uremia; one who died on the table of ether shock, having had general purulent peritonitis at time of operation. The mortality statistics will be considered

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