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January 16, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(3):84-86. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411070024007

More particularly of late years have diseased conditions in the right iliac region attracted attention, and the terms typhilitis, perityphilitis, and appendicitis, have been much discussed. The surgeons have about decided that appendicitis is the correct term, and that appendicitis is the initial lesion of all so-called inflammatory disorders of the right iliac region, which have any connection with the bowels.

The paper of Dr. Joseph Price, on appendicitis, read before the Philadelphia County Medical Society. Sept. 28, 1891, may be taken as a fair index of the state of the surgical mind regarding this subject.

Dr. Price says: "The old terms were arrived at by examining old, neglected cases, often post-mortem. Recently but one term—appendicitis—is used before laparotomy, before post-mortem, because those two performances prove that so far as the gravity, intensity, and extent of the disease are concerned, the symptoms are unreliable, inadequate; further abdominal sections and post-mortems