National Geographic : 1932 Jan
About Appendicitis In the presence of unrelieved abdominal pain 1~Give no food, water or medicine 2"Never give laxatives 3 Call your Doctor ecently a letter came to us from a mother who had lost a fine, strong boy of twelve from acute appendicitis. She wrote, "If I had run across just one article on appendicitis I feel sure we would not have had this sorrow. Anadver tisement of yours would save many, many lives. Please give this your earnest consideration." Because her request voices a wide spread desire to know what to do when appendicitis attacks swiftly, this announcement is published. The deathrate from appendicitis in the United States has steadily increased during the past ten years. But it will be reduced and reduced rapidly when people learn what to do and particularly what not to do in case of an attack. The symptoms of appendicitis vary. But almost always, continued pain and tenderness in the abdo men are the first indications of an acutely inflamed appendix. METROPOLITAN LI] FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT "wr nnn "" Gai There are two most important things to remember in event of an attack of acute appendicitis: First:-Never use a laxative to relieve acute abdominal pain. If the pain means appendicitis, a laxative, instead of relieving the condition, is likely to spread the inflammation,to cause the appendix to burst or to induce peritonitis. Second:-Sendfor your doctor imme diately. In making his diagnosis he may decide that no harm will come from taking time to make a blood test to confirm his opinion. He may say that the attack can be relieved without operating. Or he may order an operation in the shortest possible time. Performed without delay, by an expert, an operation for appendi citis is almost always successful. Be sure to consult an experienced and skilful surgeon because many needless operations have been occasioned by incorrect diagnosis. FE INSURANCE COMPANY C ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N.Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."