February 1954

Health Saboteurs.

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By Robert William Davis, M.D. Price, $4. Pp. 306, with 47 illustrations. Pageant Press, 130 W. 42d St., New York, 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):253. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090241017

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The book is written to introduce the problem of tonsils and adenoids to patients and interested friends. It develops the thesis that many forms of crippling can be prevented by the removal of diseased tonsils and adenoids. Examples are the child with impaired hearing whose earning power and social activity will be curtailed, the girl with protruding teeth, the boy whose restricted airway prevents proper chest development, and the child with preventable heart, joint, or kidney disease.

The chapter on "Tonsils and Longevity" states that a clean throat prolongs life.

In the chapter on "Controversy regarding Tonsillectomy" the author states that "Better still than the recovery of normal function is the prevention of its (the tonsil) becoming deranged in the first place." The author wishes to go on record as advocating the removal of tonsils and adenoids at the age of 4, irrespective of condition, or even at the age

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