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September 26, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):708. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910038001o

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It is acknowledged by many throat surgeons that the galvano-cautery snare is the best instrument for the removal of tonsils, because its acts very efficiently and prevents bleeding. Any one who has used either the hot or the cold snare for tonsillotomy has been able to observe that the wire loop slipped over the tonsil, after the latter has been pulled forward with a tenaculum or appropriate forceps, will grasp a larger portion of it than can be sliced off with any form of guillotine. But with slight experience the snare will be found even more thorough than the use of bistoury or scissors. The cold wire, however, is quite painful and with a Wyeth's snare it may even happen that the wire is pulled out of the stylet instead of cutting completely through the tonsil, if the gland is fibrous in consistency. The hot wire on the other hand

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