I recently read a paper before the Southern Section of the American Otological, Rhinological and Laryngological Association advocating the removal of adenoids by one sweep of the curette and without the employment of a general anesthetic. Since this paper will soon be published, and since the plan there suggested is easily misinterpreted unless the instruments are inspected, I desire to show the exact method of using them.
Note the narrow shanks viewed at distal ends, and the width of same when viewed in profile. Note very narrow rectangular cutting blade.
I have so modified the shanks and cutting blade of the Beckman curette that the shanks will occupy practically no space when the instrument is inserted into the nasopharynx. The cutting blade has been so much narrowed that it occupies the minimum of antero-posterior space. The height of the fenestra is also greater than in the Beckman curette. All these
BARNHILL JF. A MODIFIED ADENOID CURETTE.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1366. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320160044003e