FREDERICK FITZHERBERT BOYCE, M.D.
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The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1951 published an article on the chances of dying from important causes.1a Acute appendicitis was not included in the list. Statistically there was good reason for the omission. The death rate from this cause among company policyholders had been reduced by more than 80 per cent in the preceding five years and by more than 60 per cent in the preceding 10 years.1b Financially, there was equally good reason for the omission. In 1927 the company paid out $2,337,000 on deaths from appendicitis.1c In 1952 it paid out $765,000, about one third as much,
BOYCE FF. THE RÔLE OF ATYPICAL DISEASE IN THE CONTINUING MORTALITY OF ACUTE APPENDICITIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1954;40:669–693. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-4-669
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(4):669-693.
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