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December 14, 1901

Appendicectomy—Surgical History.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1620. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470500048014

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Philadelphia, Dec. 9, 1901.

To the Editor:  —In the interesting article appearing in last week's Journal, contributed by Dr. B. Merrill Ricketts, of Cincinnati, upon "Appendicectomy—Surgical History," to which is appended a bibliography of the subject, from 1758 to 1888, there oecurs a notable omission, that has doubtless not escaped the observation of some of your readers, and for supplying which I feel assured that Dr. Ricketts will be the first to thank me in the interest of accuracy and in justice to American surgery. By referring to The Journal I find that in Vol, x, on page 733, Dr. Thomas G. Morton of Philadelphia published an article entitled "The Diagnosis of Peri-Cecal Abscess and Its Radical Treatment by Removal of the Appendix Vermiformis." In this communication, Dr. Morton refers to a case, which had been diagnosed by two physicians as one of appendicitis, in which view Dr. Morton concurred

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