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October 27, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXV(17):1088-1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620430024001i

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Probably no other disease has brought forth such an array of literature as has been published within the past ten years on appendicitis. All classes of practitioners took a hand, and the result is an indescribable melange, which we are slowly untangling, but we are beginning to get order out of chaos. The medical man is slowly recognizing that appendicitis is a surgical disease, and no longer delays calling in the surgeon until the patient is beyond hope. Surgeons who a few years ago advocated waiting so many days in most cases are now advising operation as soon as the diagnosis is made.

The question of diagnosis is the key to the peculiar statistics which we sometimes see published by men who claim to cure all their cases without operation. All belly-aches are appendicitis; and when a patient dies from a neglected case of the true disease it is laid

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