The Evolution of Early Appendectomy as Standard Treatment from Appendicitis: What We Can Learn from the Past in Adopting New Medical Therapies
Dr. Reginald Fitz popularized early appendectomy for the treatment of appendicitis with his treatise, “Perforating Inflammation of the Vermiform Appendix,” published in 1886 while he worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital along with Dr. Maurice Howe Richardson, the inventor of the Richardson retractor. Their collaboration over the ensuing years led to improvement in outcomes for patients with appendicitis. This historical article describes the importance of this collaboration with information from operative reports, letters, and manuscripts and echoes the discussion today of safely adopting new medical technologies.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of General Surgery, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Publication date: February 1, 2015
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