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January 21, 1911


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JAMA. 1911;LVI(3):193-194. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560030029011

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That complete removal of the faucial tonsil with its investing capsule is the most satisfactory procedure, is the teaching of our best operators to-day. It is not my purpose or my pleasure to depart from this teaching, but on the other hand, after fourteen years of experience and the performance of almost every tonsil operation that seemed at all rational, I commend it the more.

This being the case, it is my intention only to emphasize the simplicity with which this operation can be performed with a vertical snare, and at the same time accomplish the desired results.

In using the word "complete," I mean all the term implies, viz., freeing the tonsillar space by removing all the tonsil with its investing capsule intact. Anything short of this is bad surgery and should not be practiced, as clinical observations have clearly shown it to be of little or no permanent

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