January 1961

The Tonsils and Adenoids in Childhood.

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By Donald F. Proctor, M.D. Price, $7.50. Pp., 70, with 23 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1960.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(1):135-136. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020020137022

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This small, clearly written volume on the tonsils and adenoids in children is an attempt to summarize present knowledge and opinion on this subject, particularly in relation to tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. That such a volume is justified is shown, as the author states, by the fact that there are about 2,000,000 such operations, with 300 deaths attributable to these procedures, performed in the United States each year.

The book is intended largely for those performing such operations and only incidentally for such people as pediatricians. Dr. Proctor is Associate Professor of Laryngology and Otology, Assistant Professor of Physiology, and formerly Professor of Anesthesiology, all at The John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Much of the material is based upon his own experience, and, although a fair bibliography is given, no attempt is made to make this an extensive monograph on the subject.

Where anatomical pathology, anesthesia, and surgical procedures are

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