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November 23, 1889

THE SO-CALLED THIRD TONSIL. ITS IMPORTANT RELATIONS TO NASO-PHARYNGEAL AND NASO-AURAL CATARRH.Read before the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Newport, June, 1880.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(21):723-727. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401170001001

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It would seem to be an unnecessary and superfluous task to present a paper on this subject before an assembly of specialists in nasal, aural and throat diseases, but as all our knowledge in medicine is the result of the aggregate experience of different observers, I would crave your indulgence whilst I add my mite to the general fund.

Much has been written of late years on Luschka's tonsil, adenoid tissue, lymphoid vegetations, etc., and whilst the fact that deafness sometimes results, especially in children, from any excessive accumulation of this formation, no particular stress has been laid on the active influence it exerts in the production and aggravation of naso-aural and naso-pharyngeal troubles, even when present in a slight degree only.

Whilst it may be true, as stated by so many observers, that the presence of glandular hypertrophy in the post-nasal space is the frequent result of a previously

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