In reviewing the American and English literature for 1940 and through September 1941 on the subject of tonsils and adenoids one finds several interesting and worth while articles. However, there has been little research or few results of systematic studies reported in this important field of otolaryngology. There has been considerable interest in postoperative complications and infections involving the tonsils. A few articles on the employment of anesthesia in tonsillectomy and several papers dealing with tumors of the tonsils have appeared.
General Considerations.—Reimann and Havens1 state that the concept of focal infection in relation to systemic disease is firmly established, but that the causative relationship of infections about the teeth and tonsils to systemic disease is unproved and that the removal of teeth and tonsils in an effort to influence the course of systemic disease is unjustified in the majority of cases. They cite the criteria for the diagnosis of
SINGLETON JD. TONSILS AND ADENOIDS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;35(4):653–665. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.00670010658016