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July 10, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(2):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580020026007

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It is not the purpose of this paper to discuss the question of tonsillectomy versus tonsillotomy, or the respective merits of the dissection method as compared with other forms of technic, but to present a simple method of procedure which has tended to reduce the unpleasant after-effects following the operation, by whatever method it has been performed.

The operator is frequently confronted with a number of conditions which are decidedly unpleasant, and it was to relieve these that I began to look for some modification either of my method of operating or in the after-treatment. As the latter seemed the easier on which to experiment, I chose it, and continued to perform the operation as I have done for the past few years.

There had frequently been a good deal of reaction along the pillars, in the fauces, and occasional edema of the uvula. With these conditions was associated great

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