The conditions of the faucial tonsil which call for operative interference may be divided into two classes: (1) Simple hypertrophy causing interference with respiration; (2) diseased conditions of the tonsils themselves causing local or constitutional infection.
While tonsils have been removed from time immemorial—it was certainly done by the ancients—it is only of late years that much study has been given to the evils of mouth breathing and attention drawn to the improvement in the health and morale of children after proper breathing has been restored.It is by no means unusual to see children who are irritable and often possessed of vicious traits become gentle and kind, dullards to show a new vivacity and the slovenly youth to awaken to a sense of order and decency. Witnessing these results, we often hesitate to
MAYER E. CONDITIONS OF THE FAUCIAL TONSIL WHICH CALL FOR OPERATIVE INTERFERENCE. JAMA. 1909;LIII(9):689–692. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550090002002f
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