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March 15, 1913


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JAMA. 1913;60(11):827-828. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340110033015

The pathologic tonsil has impressed the profession with the value of measures for its removal and this necessity has resulted in many efforts by capable operators to perform the operation as rapidly and safely as human ingenuity permits. Hence the literature shows a number of instruments devised for this special operation.

An article by Dr. Joseph C. Beck,1 with illustration of the tonsillectome he devised and uses, covers this operation fully and explicitly, and I can do no better than to endorse his method and refer the reader to the article. His instrument, however, lacks certain salient features that I have endeavored to incorporate in the new instrument herewith illustrated.

Early in 1911, I experimented by lashing the fenestrated part of a McKenzie guillotine to a tonsil-snare, thus stiffening the wire so that, with the finger, the tonsil could be pushed into the fenestra

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