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February 1, 1902

Appendectomy—Surgical History.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):336. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480050050016

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"Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jan. 21, 1902.

"Dr. B. Merrill Ricketts, Cincinnati, O.

"Dear Doctor:  —The enclosed clipping from The Journal of the American Medical Association was sent me this morning by my son, Dr. George C. Stemen, of Denver. ["Appendectomy— Surgical History," Page 46, this Volume.] I had overlooked this in reading The Journal."In regard to my case, I will say that on April 22, 1887, I was called in consultation to see a man said to be suffering from general peritonitis and called "perityphlitis." There was every indication that the man would die, and I said that if he would consent, I would operate on him. He not only consented but requested that it be done. I made the operation and found a large quantity of pus and a necrosed appendix almost detached. I removed it and drained, and the patient is living today. You misunderstood me when

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