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May 14, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(20):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440720049014

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New York City, May 8, 1898.

To the Editor:  —There have been no responses in the Journal in answer to my request in a February number, asking correspondents to oppose the idea that appendicitis cases require operation as soon as the diagnosis has been made. Several references to my request have been made in other medical publications, however, and one which appeared as an editorial in the March number of the Texas Medical News covers the ground of the oppositionists so well that I have asked the editor of the News to allow me to answer in the Journal, because that was the medium which I chose originally for the discussion. (I have italicized the parts of the republished News editorial which are answered seriatim.)

EDITORIAL ARTICLE.  "There are always to be found men occupying extreme positions in every profession. This is especially so in medicine and surgery. Men, too,

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