The tonsil lies lengthwise between the two palatal arches; superiorly it is buried in the "supra-tonsillar" fossa and it extends downward as far as the base of the tongue, where as lymphoid tissue it may reach much lower and be lost in the lateral pharyngeal wall. It may be closely adherent to one or both pillars, and either lie clearly in view or be embedded between the arches, and be well covered or obscured by the adherent fold from the anterior pillar, known as the plica-triangularis. That the diseased tonsil should be removed from its matrix or bed as completely as possible does not now admit of argument, and in bringing this subject before the Section this evening nothing new is claimed except the method of excision. The improvement in the operation which I shall describe consists in its simplicity, chiefly through the use of the Seiler knife (Fig. 1),
WORTHINGTON TC. A SIMPLE METHOD OF EXCISION OF THE FAUCIAL TONSIL.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(21):1761–1762. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220470029003
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