Picture this: you're a 27-year-old on an Antarctic expedition to build a Soviet base in the early 1960s when you feel a stabbing, nausea-inducing pain on the right side of your midsection. It's a sure sign of acute appendicitis. The good news? You're a doctor. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news? You're the only doctor at your station, and the ship that left you there won't return for a year.
The Little Appendix That Couldn't
What a Man, What a Man
Is Your Appendix Actually Useless?
Key Facts In This Video
Many textbooks suggest that the appendix is nothing more than a vestigial organ, something that used to serve a purpose but now is useless. 00:29
In a study out of Duke University states that the appendix is a safe house for good bacteria. 00:46
An overreactive immune system can lead to obstruction of the intestines, which in turns leads to appendicitis. 01:33
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