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March 8, 1930


Author Affiliations

Assistant Attending Physician, St. Luke's Hospital NEW YORK

JAMA. 1930;94(10):705-710. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710360029007

In modern medicine the treatment of the tonsils occupies a particularly strategic position not only because these structures are especially prone to local infection, but because they are so frequently associated with a host of general infections and other obscure conditions, possibly infectious. The internist, in a search for the cause of these, used the empiric method, and a vast amount of surgical treatment was carried out with varying results. But removal of the tonsil, like every other surgical procedure, has its limitations and since 1913, when Regaud and Nogier1 first reported the results of irradiation of the tonsils and pharynx, it has been apparent that a useful method of combating throat infections in some patients had been instituted. The early phase of enthusiasm for the x-rays as a general therapeutic agent complicated the situation, but we are returning to a period of sanity in which the proper sphere