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December 1962

Appendicitis in a Community Hospital: A Decreasing but Still Dangerous Disease

Author Affiliations

Surgeon-in-Chief, Burbank Hospital, and Surgeon, Associate Staff, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (Dr. Ross); Assistant Resident Surgeons, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Burbank Hospital (Dr. Zarem and Dr. Morgan). Dr. Zarem is presently at the Boston City Hospital.; From the Surgical Service of the Burbank Hospital, Fitchburg, Mass.

Arch Surg. 1962;85(6):1036-1041. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1962.01310060172033

In this era of open heart surgery, blood vessel replacement, and tissue transplantation the vermiform appendix has been relegated to a minor position in the hierarchy of organs causing surgical disease. The last 3 issues of the Year Book of General Surgery edited by De Bakey have only 2 references to appendicitis, and one of these presents evidence that there has been an actual decrease in the frequency of this disease.1 We suspect that there are busy "general" surgeons who toil for untold hours in the operating suites of some of our more specialized hospitals yet never remove an appendix from one year to the next except as a 2-minute incident in the course of performing some more extensive and demanding operation. At the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital the cardiac surgeons removed more auricular appendages last year than the general surgeons did inflamed vermiform appendices. Nevertheless appendicitis is still

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