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October 15, 1892

THE PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY OF THE TONSILS.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit. Mich., June, 1892.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(16):451-455. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420160005001b

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Abstract

Lennox Brown says: "Of the primary value of these glands there is considerable doubt, but it is certain that at a very early age, and in the great majority of instances, they exist only to become diseased, so much so that a very eminent physician has stated that were he to play the part of a Frankenstein and endeavor to create a man, he would omit the tonsils." The term tonsil is applied to the collection of so-called lymphoid tissue known as the faucial tonsil. The tonsils are situated on each side of the fauces, between the anterior and posterior pillars of the soft palate. Gray says: "They are of a rounded form, and vary considerably in size in different individuals," he does not give their size. Holden says: "The tonsil consists of an aggregation of muciparous glands." No mention is made of their size. Ellis and Ford

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