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The methods of tonsillotomy that have been in use in the past having proven unsatisfactory and incomplete, it seems an opportune time to present, not a new operation, but a new method of operation. We are fast coming to realize that enlarged or diseased conditions of the tonsil are a detriment to the economy and nearly all of us agree at the present time that, when a diseased condition of a gland exists, the entire gland should be extirpated.
For the past five or six years it has been my custom to remove the entire tonsil when diseased or chronically enlarged. For this purpose I have devised instruments which make the operation complete. It is almost universally conceded that if any procedure is adopted at all, it is to the end of destroying the gland, whether this be by a shrinking process, by cautery or by operative means. For the
ROBERTSON CM. NEW INSTRUMENTS FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE FAUCIAL TONSILS.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480440035002
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