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February 18, 1933

Children's Tonsils In or Out: A Critical Study of the End Results of Tonsillectomy.

JAMA. 1933;100(7):522. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740070060034

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It is a pity that Dr. Kaiser's well documented book did not appear some years ago, when the craze to remove tonsils was at its height; for Dr. Kaiser has the figures. For ten years he observed thousands of tonsillectomized children and others not operated on, as controls. With authority, this work states what many have suspected. Tonsillectomy is far from the cure-all that it was said to be; it failed to help or cure many ailments in which the relationship between the tonsil and the illness was, to say the least, far fetched; indeed, it frequently does not relieve the ailments that infected tonsils were strongly believed to cause. The well performed adenoidectomy in the child really suffering from adenoid obstruction gives fine results in a high percentage of instances. Were the removal of adenoids an operation done by itself, there would be little complaint as to the end-result.

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