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The operation for tonsillotomy with these instruments, and the advantages they possess, are briefly as follows: The forceps are made to seize the tonsil, when the handles are locked with fixation ratchet; the tonsil is then drawn out, the beak of scissors is passed behind, and the gland cut off entirely, as in cutting with an ordinary scissors. The beak prevents the tonsil from slipping from between the blades of scissors, and so much of the tonsil can be removed as is desired. While holding it with the forceps the tonsil is completely under control of the operator; thus there is no receding of the gland as in the ring of a tonsillotome.
The simplicity and ease in operating commend the scissors and forceps, while with them the removal of entire gland without trouble is a desideratum. The handle of the tongue depressor is octagon, and curves outward, thus allowing an examination of the
STEPHENSON CC. A NEW TONSIL SCISSORS, FORCEPS AND TONGUE DEPRESSOR.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(12):725. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490310029002