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September 8, 1923

THE REMOVAL OF TONSILS: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO METHODS OTHER THAN COMPLETE ENUCLEATION

JAMA. 1923;81(10):800-803. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650100008003
Abstract

Since the writings of Celsus and a description of his finger enucleation, more than 2,000 years ago, the throat surgeon has been interested in the destruction of pathologic tonsil tissue of Waldeyer's ring. Tons of so-called literature have filled our medical journals from the earliest time, and numerous instruments and methods have been presented to our numerous societies in an effort to improve our knowledge and technic in the ever interesting tonsil problem.

In spite of years of research, the physiologic function remains a study and a choice of theories, and we have failed to stabilize and standardize our thought and method of procedure that it may prove acceptable and satisfactory to all.

The school of experience, the propaganda of education among the profession and laity, and a collective investigation of our great special societies, together with a careful inventory of results of success and failure, should give us evidence

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