Dr. Dalrymple reports on this at Pajamas Media. He describes his response as a doctor to the news:
There is a certain pleasure in having your prejudices overturned. I strongly believed that the operation of appendectomy.. was essential for the condition of appendicitis. If the patient did not have the operation, he would suffer dangerous complications such as perforation and then peritonitis. True, I had not given a lot of thought to the question since I was a very young doctor, but it was what I had been taught in good faith by eminent men and so I continued to believe it. ..... This finding is all the more significant because a high proportion of appendectomies prove to have been performed on appendices that were not inflamed and whose removal was not necessary.