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January 28, 1888

HYPERTROPHY OF THE PHARYNGEAL TONSIL.(Adenoid Vegetations of the Vault of the Pharynx.)

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JAMA. 1888;X(4):104-106. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400300008001a

The frequency with which children are allowed to suffer for years, without recognition of the trouble, from blockage of the naso-pharyngeal space, seems to the writer sufficient excuse for presenting this article. Admitting that these notes are but the confirmation of the work of others and do not claim to be an extension of our knowledge, it still seems desirable to me that this affection should be brought more to the notice of the profession at large, and not remain unknown outside the ranks of rhinologists.

Most of the standard works on medicine scarcely mention this disease, if they refer to it at all, and even in the latest edition of Gray's Anatomy the existence of a normal pharyngeal tonsil is simply admitted in one short sentence. As a matter of fact, it is my luck quite frequently to see children whose nightly rest has been constantly disturbed, whose hearing