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October 1, 1939

Appendicitis: A Statistical Study.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(4):922. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.04380010232019

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Abstract

This statistical survey of appendicitis contains two sections. The first is based on mortality rates for England, Wales and Germany and on figures for the United States furnished by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York. The period covered extends in general from 1910 to 1935. Of particular interest to the pediatrician is the change in age distribution. The mortality rates of appendicitis for the ages from 0 to 5 years and for those over 45 years have definitely increased in the last twenty years, though for other ages there has been a considerable decline. Another interesting feature is that the mortality rate of the disease is greatest in the upper social classes and declines progressively with the social grade.

The second section deals with morbidity and case fatality and depends on statistics gathered from hospitals in London, Edinburgh and various cities of the United States. There seems to

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