Fifty-one years ago Reginald Fitz, of Boston, read his classic paper on "Perforating Inflammation of the Vermiform Appendix with Special Reference to Its Early Diagnosis and Treatment." It has been estimated that since that time ten thousand papers have been written on the subject.1 In one sense, certainly, there is little left to be said. Yet, considering the magnitude of the problem and the fact that every hospital plays a part in the fight against appendicitis, I can probably find excuse for describing how the hospital at New Castle, Pa., is coping with the problem.
Appendicitis assumes the proportions of a problem in public health when one realizes that, while it is a disease which if promptly recognized and properly treated should be practically free from mortality, it produces an annual death rate in the United States which equals the combined annual death rates from ectopic pregnancy, pyosalpinx, gallstones
FLANNERY WE. APPENDICITIS AT THE JAMESON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. Arch Surg. 1938;36(6):977–988. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1938.01190240080003
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