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December 29, 1928


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From the Lake View Hospital.

JAMA. 1928;91(26):2065. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92700260002008a

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In 1921 one of us (F. J. N.) reported the results obtained in a small series of cases in which the tonsils were coagulated at the Cook County Hospital. The series consisted of a group of seven cases, the first of a projected series of 100. The results in the first seven were of such a nature that the procedure was not attempted in any others. Now, after seven years, various authors are still pointing to the errors in technic in order to account for the totally unsatisfactory results reported. Numerous papers have appeared describing various modifications of technic for the destruction of tonsils by means of the high frequency current. Electrodesiccation seems to be the present accepted method whereby small, monoterminal currents are used. The advocates of electrodesiccation contend that with the newer technic none of the reactions previously reported obtain. However that may be, a purely theoretical objection

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