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September 24, 1927


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West Palm Beach, Fla.

JAMA. 1927;89(13):1055-1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92690130001016

Since February, 1926, I have been engaged in perfecting a method whereby tonsillectomy will be reduced to a simple, efficacious and perfect procedure, for both the patient and the operator.

The birth of the idea took place after several hectic hours of attempting to stop a fifth day postoperative hemorrhage; a condition met by all men doing throat work, regardless of their ability as operators.

An instrument was constructed on the order of the Beck-Schenck type, the loop being cast in rubber, in a supporting metal member. The carriage of the instrument was also insulated, and the active electrode of a high frequency current was attached to the proximal end of the snare wire. The indifferent electrode was attached to a large damp, applied to any part of the patient's body. A current strength ranging from 200 to 400 milliamperes was applied, after the tonsil was engaged in the loop, and made secure in the

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