Medicine: O Rare Appendectomy

Many a U. S. appendix is still marked "Do not disturb"; but many another is no longer at home. Last week a famed specialist suggested (by implication) that more than one appendectomy he knows about was no better than a kidnapping. Several years ago, Mayo Clinic's famed Digestion Expert Walter Clement Alvarez started a notebook in which he collected experiences of patients whose appendixes had been reft from them. Last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association he told what he had learned from 385 patients. Of these, 130 had suffered at least one sharp bellyache "suggesting appendicitis," and...

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