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SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 1912
THE ANAEROBIC BACTERIOLOGY OF APPENDICITIS
The causation of appendicitis and of the consecutive peritonitis still constitutes a field for hypothesis and active investigation. It has been asserted recently that appendicitis is the result of a kind of intestinal occlusion and also that it is of hematogenous origin. The inapplicability of the first view to most cases of appendicitis becomes apparent when we consider the essentially active nature of the process, which is infective and inflammatory. And the kind of bacteria commonly found in appendicitis would seem to preclude the idea that it is of hematogenous nature; except possibly in the most exceptional instances. This conclusion would seem to be fully justified from the results about to be presented briefly of