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October 17, 1914

THE USE AND ABUSE OF THE TONSILS

Author Affiliations

Physician to the York Hospital YORK, PA.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(16):1367-1371. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570160033009
Abstract

It is with no small degree of tremulous fear and daring courage that I stand before so critical and representative an audience in an attempt to defend a helpless organ, whose guilt has been so uniformly acknowledged—an organ which has been accused of being an accessory to the fact in causing so many and varied pathologic conditions, of more or less serious nature, and which has, through professional and lay expressions, and even through the public press, been condemned without a full and impartial hearing. A sparkling hope that the innocent may be prevented from suffering with or for the guilty, that in the future, many tonsils may be rescued from unnecessary and undeserved slaughter, makes me feel privileged to present some relevant facts, which, alone, make true science. This hope is augmented by the successful escape from a somewhat similar series of indiscriminate massacres of the ovary, the appendix,

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