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September 9, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(11):1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800360066024

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To the Editor:—  For some time I have noted with concern articles which attempt to connect the avenue of infection of poliomyelitis, at present unknown, with the surgical removal of adenoids and tonsils. To foster such ideas, directly or indirectly, which long experience on the part of practically all nose and throat men over the United States in no way bears out, is to do harm to countless children who need tonsillectomy.Considering that operations for tonsillectomy and adenectomy number possibly one fourth of all major operations that are performed yearly in the country and under all sorts of varying conditions and circumstances, one could well promote almost any idea, however untrue or remote, by citing the occurrence of a few sporadic cases. The removal of adenoids and tonsils, when necessary, is so important in the welfare of children that attempts to raise doubts and issues not clearly proved is

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