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August 29, 1931

Les foyers amygdaliens.

JAMA. 1931;97(9):667. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730090081036

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In this book the subject of focal infection is again brought to the attention of the medical profession and emphasis laid on the part played by the faucial tonsils as definite foci of infection. In order to determine if possible the general attitude of laryngologists, an extensive questionnaire was sent to many men in many countries and the replies were analyzed and classified. The largest number of answers was received from the United States, Great Britain and France. It is possible to mention only a few of the questions: Do you believe that the tonsils may constitute a portal of entry and a focus for secondary infection? What place do you assign to the tonsils among other generally accepted foci; namely, the teeth, ears, sinuses, gallbladder and prostate? On what signs do you place your opinion that the tonsil may be a cause of secondary infections? What are the relations

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