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Tongue depressors have been made in great numbers and varieties, but none seemed quite adequate for tonsillar work. The one described here I designed about two years ago and have found it very satisfactory. It has a shoulder and notch near the tip, as shown in the illustration. The shoulder is placed between the tongue and the jaw, and the notch then allows free access to the tonsil. The ends are made for right and left, and the shoulder helps hold when that end is used as a handle.
It has three great advantages:
The shoulder, being placed between the jaw and the tongue, not only depresses the latter but also retracts it. This enables the operator to get a view of the lower portion of the tonsil and of the tonsillar cavity when the tonsil has been removed.
The shoulder also anchors the depressor so that it is not
Davis TC. A RETRACTING TONSILLAR TONGUE DEPRESSOR. JAMA. 1926;87(6):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680060004009c
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