September 26, 1931


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Nashville, Tenn.

JAMA. 1931;97(13):947. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730130051028

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To the Editor:  —I was much interested in the article "Suspension Method of Tonsillectomy in Eight Thousand Tonsillectomies" by Dr. Elmer L. Whitney (The Journal, August 15). I can testify that the method embodies all the advantages that he claims for it and a further one that he does not stress; namely, the great advantage to respiration that results from lifting the base of the tongue away from the larynx. The ordinary attached tongue depressor crowds the tongue down on the larynx and impedes respiration instead of aiding, thereby greatly increasing the danger of inspiring blood and infectious material.All the advantages claimed for this method are realized in the self retaining mouth gag with tongue depressor attached which I exhibited before the Section of Laryngology, Otology and Rhinology of the American Medical Association in 1912. Not only are all the advantages realized but it is done with a much

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