Appendicitis and Imagination

Under the above heading appeared the following editorial in a recent issue of the Times-Herald of Chicago:—

"That people can imagine themselves into sick-beds has long been an accepted fact by men who practise medicine, and the belief that the bread pill is one of the most potent remedies in the physician's case was never more general than it is to-day. Since the beginning of the appendicitis fad the spread of imaginary ills has been much worse than ever before. Pains in their sides now are sure to throw about three out of every five people into a terrible state of alarm. They used to disregard these things, but appendicitis has wrought a change. A New Orleans physician, in a recent interview on this subject, related an experience that is worth repeating.

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May 24, 1900

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