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The object of this paper is to produce evidence tending to show that the galvano-cautery, and especially the snare, is a decided addition to the armamentarium of the laryngologist, and the method entitled to legitimate recognition. As a rule it is condemned most loudly by those who have used it the least, basing objections on theoretical grounds, and in most instances the objections urged are, it seems to me, not well sustained by the facts, nor by personal experience.
The variety of cases in which I have used the cautery in laryngology with advantage, are hypertrophy of the tonsils, cancer of the œsophagus with growth protruding into the larynx, papilloma of the larynx and abscess of the larynx.
In regard to the cautery in removal of the tonsils, I have used this method for three years, and no other method for two years. In using the galvano-cautery it is of
WEBSTER GW. THE GALVANO-CAUTERY IN LARYNGOLOGY, WITH CASES.. JAMA. 1891;XVII(15):542-544. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410930006001c