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The anatomy and physiology of the tonsil I will not attempt in this paper to consider except with brevity. As to size, in the thoroughly nor mal condition, its presence is hardly perceptible. As usually described in treatises on anatomy it would appear that a moderate degree of hyper trophy has been accepted as the type of perfection. As far back as medical history goes allusions are to be met with concerning the enlarged tonsil, and the means adopted in the attempt at its removal.
The physiology of the tonsil is not thoroughly understood. It has been supposed to be of assistance in lubricating and guiding the bolus of food being swallowed. In civilized life it seems to be devoid of practical use and appears to be but rudimentary, and as a reminder of a something which in prehistoric days may have been required, when man lived on fruits and
PYNCHON E. REMOVAL OF TONSILLAR HYPERTROPHY BY ELECTRO-CAUTERY DISSECTION.Read before the Chicago Medical Society, October 6, 1890. JAMA. 1890;XV(21):751–755. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1890.02410470015001e
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