Medicine: Appendicitis Deaths Down

Though appendicitis is more prevalent than ever, the appendicitis death rate is only one-third what it was in 1929. Present rate: 5.2 per 100,000. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., which reported this figure last week in its Statistical Bulletin, says that the chief reason for the low rate is that more people have learned not to take laxatives when they have a bellyache.

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!