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April 1, 1911


Author Affiliations

Associate in Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University BALTIMORE

JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):937-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130001001

The tonsils have been made the scapegoat for so many human ills that one hesitates to bring another charge against them. For eighteen months past, since having my attention directed to the possible relationship between tonsillitis and certain cases of chronic urethritis and chronic ureteritis, the evidence has been accumulating with such force that I feel justified in drawing up the indictment and ask that the problem be taken under advisement and judgment passed on it after experience may have justified or negatived my claims.

In a comparatively recent paper, Rosenheim1 has reviewed the literature and found the following list of ailments ascribed in certain cases to tonsillar infection: aneurysm, appendicitis, erysipelas, and a number of other skin manifestations, meningitis, iritis, pleuritis, pericarditis, pneumonia, paraplegia and strabismus, parotitis, nephritis, osteomyelitis, phlegmon of the lower extremities, oophoritis and orchitis, septicemia, typhoid beginning

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