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February 3, 1923

OBSERVATION ON THE RESULTS OF ROENTGEN THERAPY IN CHRONIC TONSILLITIS

JAMA. 1923;80(5):300-301. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640320012003
Abstract

Great interest in roentgen therapy has been aroused in recent years by remarkable results in many and various pathologic processes. The enthusiastic claims by some advocates of this method of treating chronic inflammation of lymphoid tissue, particularly the tonsils, has stimulated this summary of the results observed in a series of cases, so treated, occurring in the practice of Dr. C. G. Coakley and myself. The cases have been carefully observed clinically, and pathologic and bacteriologic studies have been made, chiefly at Columbia University, by Drs. W. C. Johnson, Hans Zinsser and J. H. Mueller, for whose help I am indebted.

So far as can be judged from published articles, the effects to be expected from roentgen therapy in chronic tonsillitis is a reduction in size, due to diminution of the lymphoid tissue, and an increase, relative if not actual, of connective tissue, resulting in an opening of the mouths

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