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January 13, 1912

PUBLIC AGITATION AND SOME UNNECESSARY ADENECTOMIES

Author Affiliations

Instructor in Rhinology and Laryngology, Northwestern University Medical School CHICAGO

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(2):111-112. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010113020

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Abstract

There is no abnormal condition pertaining to childhood that has received greater publicity during recent years than that of adenoids. The profession has known for many years the evils attending this particular lymphatic enlargement, and has done much to enlighten the public on its harm. The newspapers and magazines must be given credit for the wide-spread dissemination of information among the laity, while public lectures by physicians in the larger cities, notablv in Chicago, have had good effects. This agitation has reached the stage at which city health departments, acting through salaried inspectors, are practically excluding from the public schools children thus afflicted until the defect has been remedied. It is doubtful if there is anywhere within the domain of medicine and surgery a class of cases that show such uniformly satisfactory results as these. It has been my privilege to witness results of the adenoid operation in thousands of

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