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February 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(5):386-389. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500320050001j

"What is worth doing at all is worth doing well," is a truism especially applicable to surgical procedures, for no operation should ever be undertaken excepting for the patient's best interests. We are all searching, therefore, for something that is better, whether it be new or whether it be simply a modification of the old. That the ancient operation for tonsillectomy is susceptible of improvement goes without saying when we consider some of the important conditions and when we witness some of its lamentable results. An unusual case which recently came under my observation induces me to bring up again this well-worn subject in the belief that there are many surgeons, even among laryngologists, who are not familiar with the technic of an operation that to me appears more thorough and much safer than the methods generally adopted.

The case referred to was that of a gentleman about

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