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Concerning tonsils, it might be well to divide surgeons into two classes; first, those who want to go to the very bottom of the question regarding the function of the tonsils and base the surgical indications on some theory; second, those who base the indications on the clinical and pathologic facts, as presented, hoping that soon the function of the faucial tonsil will be settled.
It seems to me that the tonsil has some function early in life which is later easily overcome, in many cases, by the raids of bacteria on it. The men with the extreme theories—those, on the one hand, who believe that the gland has an important place in the system, and those, on the other hand, who believe that it has no function and whenever found is abnormal and should be removed—are both wrong.
Dr. Jonathan Wright1 has given this
HURD LM. INDICATIONS AND CONTRA-INDICATIONS FOR TONSILLECTOMY. JAMA. 1912;LIX(12):1112–1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090356069
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