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The most common and the most frequent operation of the throat the laryngologist is called on to perform is excision of the uvula; yet, with all the modern inventions of uvulotomes and with its various methods, none seem to have been devised so as to perform the operation of uvulotomy so the uvula could perform its functions in all its physiological intentions and purposes the same as in a normal condition.
To the people in common it matters not how the operation is performed, as long as it is not cut off too much and the tickling in the throat has ceased. But to the professional man of voice culture, to the singer and the elocutionist, it is a vast difference, as upon the organs of the throat they depend mainly for the existence of a livelihood, the same as the laborer depends upon his hands. Especially the singer, who
VON KLEIN CH. UVULOTOMY. Read before 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(20):577–578. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420200013001d
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