For Sale: One Appendix, Slightly Ruptured
Not mine, but one of our male brood, down and out and under the needle, having an emergency appendectomy, and while the doctors were in there, they took out a hunk of his intestines too. The patient was reticent to be photographed for this blog but he seemed content and had some color back in his face this morning. Prognosis: Excellent. Willing to accept all forms of TLC. We’ll keep you informed as we know.
Mr. EOS had his appendix removed back when we lived on the Vineyard, by a doctor he not-so-kindly refers to as Chuckie the Chopper. The scar the doc left looks like he thought he was filleting a fish, not performing a delicate surgery!
There seems some medical discussion about the merits of the appendix. It’s dispensable, yet some recent studies indicate that it creates helpful bacteria.
from Life’s Little Mysteries:
The human appendix is a small pouch attached to the large intestine where it joins the small intestine and does not directly assist digestion. Biologists believe the human appendix is a vestigial organ left behind from a plant-eating ancestor. In Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859) and his next publication, The Descent of Man (1871), he referred to several “vestiges” in human anatomy that were left over from the course of evolution. These vestigial organs, Darwin argued, are evidence of evolution and represent a function that was once necessary for survival, but over time that function became either diminished or nonexistent.
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center say that the function of the frequently discarded appendix, an organ often credited with little importance and often dismissed as having no significant function, does it all;the appendix produces and protects good germs for the gut by “rebooting” the digestive system.
The study appears in the online edition of the Journal of Theoretical Biology