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I have recently devised a pillar divulsor which is a great aid in removing a submerged tonsil. By its use the pillars can be spread apart so that there is no danger of injuring them; it also gives one a good view while working, and enables one to apply a sponge better. It is useful, besides, in trimming any remnants after using a snare, or in searching for a spurting artery. The points are made blunt so as not to inflict unnecessary injury on the palate muscles.
CULBERTSON LR. A NEW TONSIL-PILLAR DIVULSOR. JAMA. 1911;LVII(25):1988. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120178013