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June 1, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1683-1684. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060032013

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It is with some hesitation that I present anything on the very voluminous subject of the tonsil, but after several years of effort I think I have worked out an instrument which will simplify the operation for those who use the snare for the final removal of the tonsil.

Many forceps models have been devised for seizing the tonsil and holding it firmly while it is being dissected from its bed, but in nearly all the objection has been that, after the dissection Itas been made, the forceps must be removed and passed through the snare loop and the tonsil again grasped. In this procedure it is very rare that the gland can he seized in exactly the same position so that when one is prepared to close the snare over it, it does not come out from its fossa free from the surrounding structures as it did when the

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