The constant increase of publications, and positive evidences gleaned from them, as to the rôle the pathologic tonsils play in the cause of many general and local diseases has led to a corresponding activity in the perfection of the technic for the removal of these glands. Some of the methods of operating which have been and many of which still are in vogue, are as follows:
1. Tonsillotomy by means of the MacKenzie, Mathieu and other tonsillotomes.
2. Drawing forward the tonsil from the fossa and cutting off with knife or scissors.
3. Drawing forward the tonsil from the fossa and snaring off with hot or cold wire.
4. Dissection of part or all of the tonsil by cautery.
5. Liberation of the pillars by knives, separators, scissors, drawing forward the tonsil and snaring it off.
6. Liberation of the pillars by a sharp knife and dissection of the tonsil
BECK JC. TONSILLECTOMY WITH A SINGLE INSTRUMENT, THE TONSILLECTOME. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):240–242. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010242003
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