I was prepared in my discussion to refer to the historical items that Dr. Badger has already mentioned, particularly the fact that there is evidence that tonsil surgery was done 1,000 years B. C.1 As I read this account, it occurred to me that here we are, nearly 3,000 years later, discussing the tonsil as a problem. I wonder if there is any other subject in medicine with so long a history, about which there is controversy today. That it is still a problem is obvious if one examines current medical literature. In the "Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus" one finds that in the 10 years, 1942 to 1951 inclusive, there have been listed an average of over 100 papers per year concerning the tonsils and adenoids.
That it was a problem before the days of modern surgical anesthesia and technique is not surprising. That it should be a problem
Boies LR. THE TONSIL AND ADENOID QUESTION AS SEEN BY THE LARYNGOLOGIST. JAMA. 1954;154(7):575–577. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940410031009
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