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R. E. Haughton, M.D.
JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):102-103. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440540050011.
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Richmond, Ind., Dec. 20, 1897.

To the Editor:  —I desire to endorse the subject matter on "Appendicitis" coming from Dr. Sterman of Evansville, Ind., in reference to "alarming mortality" following operative measures for this accident. I call it accident because it is only recently that the furore of operating in this class of cases has culminated. So that operation is advised too often, which produces the alarming mortality to which the Doctor refers. He refers to some cases, and cases of so-called "appendicitis" occur in many localities. In illustration of cases which may or may not be operated on, are those operated on too soon and those too late, with an intermediate class of cases not operated on at all, viz., those which recover; also those which die because operation was postponed till too late.I visited five cases during the past summer, two for the purpose of operation. The


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