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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
NORTH J. 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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