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Nearly all operators are now agreed that in the surgical treatment of diseased or hypertrophied tonsils, what is desired is to enucleate the gland and not merely to clip off a portion of it. To accomplish this satisfactorily it becomes necessary to have some instrument with which to grasp the tonsil during the preliminary dissection and detachment from its bed.
Various forms of instruments for grasping the tonsil have been devised, but I have found them all unsatisfactory for one or the other of two reasons. First, the jaws tear the tonsil or do not hold it well, or, second, the form of the handle is such that after the dissection is complete the instrument has to be detached to allow the enucleating instrument, be it snare or tonsillotome, to be placed over the tonsil. It is then necessary to manipulate the forceps and to grasp the tonsil through the
RICHARDS GL. A NEW INSTRUMENT FOR GRASPING THE TONSIL PRELIMINARY TO COMPLETE ENUCLEATION.. JAMA. 1908;L(26):2136. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310520018002b
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