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March 21, 1903

THE DEGENERATE TONSIL.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Rhino-Laryngology and Otology, Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1903;XL(12):764-768. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490120001001d
Abstract

Ablation of hypertrophied tonsils is a procedure which has become generally indorsed by the profession of medicine, though in earlier years its advocates were less numerous and many sturdy opponents contended that the proper course to pursue was to patiently await Nature's cure by absorption or, as most often worded, until the patient would outgrow the trouble.

It is not strange, when even physicians indorsed such practice, that patients easily became converted thereto, particularly as the natural tendency is toward procrastination in matters pertaining to health. Eventually some of the more pronounced evil results due to enlarged tonsils became so patent that procrastination was forced to give way to operative treatment, though many of the lesser evils due to this cause, not being thus recognized, were neglected, and the patient later became a serious sufferer thereby.

Through the so-called process of absorption different results and structural formations follow in different

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