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December 19, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(25):1893-1894. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730250051018

Numerous comments in The Journal on the need for comprehensive statistical studies on the results of tonsillectomy, particularly in relationship to the important investigations made by Kaiser,1 have apparently stimulated others to similar studies. Now Cunningham, at the University of California, has studied the results of the physical examination of 14,000 women students during the last ten years. More than a third of the young women entering the university during that period had a tonsillectomy; another third were considered as having normal tonsils; the tonsils in the remaining third were considered pathologic. The study was confined to white women students under 35 years of age, as well as to those concerning whose medical history important information could be obtained. The physical examinations required of all entering students were made mostly by specialists, three of whom served during the entire ten years. While the accuracy of the original histories may

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