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October 22, 1949

TONSILLECTOMY DURING EPIDEMIC POLIOMYELITIS

JAMA. 1949;141(8):548. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910080048022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The editorial "Tonsillectomy During Epidemic Poliomyelitis," The Journal, June 4 (page 479), misquotes figures. It says in part:"Cunning's report and other factual material relating to this question were recently reviewed by Faber. Data on 4,331 cases of poliomyelitis occurring in twenty-five states during 1947 which had been reported by Cunning were reexamined. Incidence of the bulbar type of poliomyelitis was noted to be 25 per cent in the group who had been subjected to tonsillectomy within two months of onset. Incidence of the bulbar type in the entire group was 11.7 per cent. Corresponding figures for 1946 showed an incidence of 29 per cent bulbar type of poliomyelitis among the post-tonsillectomy cases as compared with 15.4 per cent of the bulbar type in the entire group."The figures mentioned, namely, 25 per cent as the incidence of the bulbar type of poliomyelitis in the group subjected

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