December 20, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(25):1924-1925. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720250046020

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The Congress of Otorhinolaryngology  The French Congress of Otorhinolaryngology met recently at Paris, at the Faculté de médecine, under the chairmanship of Dr. Caboche. The session was devoted to research on infection of the tonsils. The first official paper, presented by Worms and Le Mée, dealt with the problem of tonsillar foci viewed as the source of secondary infection. Acute articular rheumatism and chronic infectious rheumatism, bronchopulmonary disorders in children, and even appendicitis, may be the consequences of an infection due to a latent tonsillar focus, not to speak of possibly mycoses, tuberculosis and even cancer. The most interesting feature of the paper was Dr. Le Mée's description of the method he employs to discover experimentally the latent foci—what he terms "the tonsillar test." In applying massage, cupping or diathermy to the tonsil, a marked leukopenia is often observed, determined by the enumeration of the leukocytes in the blood before

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