May 11, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(19):1611-1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700450043017

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An Inquiry into Adenoids  Sir George Newman, chief medical officer of the board of education, appointed a committee "to inquire into the incidence of, and physical and environmental conditions associated with, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and into the methods and results of treatment." The committee was deemed necessary because the condition is present in greater or less degree in about 10 per cent of school children, and its effects are liable to prove detrimental to both health and education. Among the conclusions reached are the following: The etiologic problem is similar in some respects to that of dental disease, in that both conditions affect all classes of society without any conspicuous difference in incidence; that there is a definite tendency for certain families to be affected, and that the cause in a considerable number of cases obviously begins to act in antenatal or early postnatal life. The frequent association of

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