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Since the tonsil snare has come into general use for removing the faucial tonsil the problem of separating the adhesions of the tonsil and pillar has brought out many instruments. I have tried a number of the different makes and none has given me as good satisfaction as the one here shown, devised by me about one and one-half years ago. It can be used equally well for separating the pillars of either the hypertrophic or atrophic variety. The blade is set at such an angle as to conform to the anatomic curvature of the tonsil and fossa and by reversing is adapted to the curvature of either back or front pillar.
The top or fossa is started with a special knife (not shown here) and then continued down with this knife. The knife is shown with the double edges sharp, and this, in my experience, is desirable in separating
HAGER DS. A TONSIL PILLAR SEPARATOR.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):41. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320010041003e