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April 30, 1901, at 5 p.m., I operated, at the Worcester City Hospital, upon Josephine H., a child of 5 years, removing large tonsils and an adenoid growth. The operation was done under ether anesthesia, which at no time was profound, but, on the other hand, just enough was given to keep her beyond the border line of consciousness. The tonsils were removed first and when the hemorrhage, which was rather profuse, but not alarming, had ceased the adenoid growth was removed. The tonsils were removed with a guillotine and the adenoid with forceps and curette. The bleeding promptly stopped, the recovery from the anesthesia was satisfactory and I left the hospital with a sense of relief that an operation that had caused me some anxiety was successfully completed.
At 7 o'clock I received an urgent call to come to the hospital. Much nausea had followed the ether, and previous
GETCHELL AC. DANGEROUS HEMORRHAGE AFTER REMOVAL OF ENLARGED TONSILS AND ADENOIDS WITH THE REPORT OF A CASE. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):911–912. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470400035001f
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