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Alton Ochsner, M.D.
JAMA. 1934;102(16):1322. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750160055025.
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To the Editor:—  Under this title in The Journal, March 17, Dr. Frederick L. Hoffman refers to a statement in the New Health Magazine, London, quoting me as stating that "Appendicitis is now causing more deaths than cancer, with one person in the United States dying every twenty-nine minutes from appendicitis." As the New Health Magazine misquoted the statement which I made during the meeting of the American College of Surgeons last October, I wish to correct this statement. In my presentation on appendicitis, I quoted Willis (Willis, A. M.: Is Progress Being Made in the Surgical Treatment of Acute Abdominal Conditions, Virginia M. Monthly49:573 [Jan.] 1923) as having stated that prior to the age of 50 the mortality rate from appendicitis was four times as great as from cancer. The figure that there is one person in the United States dying every twenty-nine minutes from appendicitis was

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