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The fact that many presumable authorities use indiscriminately the terms tonsilitis and quinsy, has led me to attempt, if possible, to emphasize the differentiation so clearly brought out by Bosworth in his late work. He was, I believe, the first to make prominent the difference between the two conditions. Admitting that the symptoms are often analagous, even more so than are usually seen in other contiguous structures, yet because the pathology is comparatively open to inspection, the diagnosis should in the ordinary case be made with approximate certainty.
Let us briefly observe the comparative anatomy of the parts; it may add somewhat to our etiologic theories. I do not find by dissection nor by any anatomic authority, that any of the muscular fibers from the palatoglossus or palatopharyngei muscles leave the striations of those muscles and branch off into the body of the tonsil; nor do they anastomose with each
COULTER JH. QUINSY; THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(19):997–999. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430970019001j
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