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It has been claimed by McBurney of New York, that 98 per cent. of all the cases called perityphlitis are really cases of appendicitis, and this statement seems to have been almost universally accepted by the profession of our country, for the term perityphlitis has been almost entirely dropped from the new text books and the writings of most surgeons, and appendicitis adopted as a substitute. This change of terms has been accepted with too great haste in our judgment and is in all probability one of the chief causes which leads to the great differences of opinion relative to the question of operating; for we shall find upon searching the literature of this subject that various conditions may be and in all probability are described under the term "appendicitis." I am led to believe through my experience that a larger percentage of cases of so-called appendicitis than we are
SCHAEFER FC. PERITYPHLITIS—REPORT OF THREE CASES OF PERFORATING CÆCITIS. JAMA. 1893;XX(22):606–611. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420490010001f
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