Attention is directed to this important subject, not because physicians are not familiar with it, but because they do not emphasize sufficiently the seriousness of tonsillar infections. It may seem like presumption on my part to present to this Section a paper on this subject on which so much has been written. If, however, we can prevent some child from going through a short life with a damaged heart or kidney or can curtail the many swollen joints and the intense pain which accompanies them, we have in a measure fulfilled our mission on earth.
There are many good general practitioners and, I may add, a few loryngologists, who have not yet realized that cases of so-called acute articular rheumatism, acute nephritis, acute endocarditis, pneumonia, appendicitis, orchitis and many other acute infections may be the result of acute cryptogenic infection of the tonsils. I do not wish, however, to convey
WILSON NL. THE FAUCIAL TONSILS AS A GATEWAY TO GENERAL INFECTIONS. JAMA. 1914;LXIII(19):1638–1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570190022009
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