In an attempt to evaluate the arguments for the removal of tonsils, a study of the histories and physical measurements of young women entering the University of California from 1920 to 1929 was undertaken. The nature of the physical examination required at entrance, the selection of cases studied, the statistical method of handling the data and the comparisons of the histories of those with normal tonsils, of those whose tonsils had been removed and of those with pathologic tonsils have been reported.1
The comparison of the physical measurements and of the menstrual experiences of the three groups is here attempted, and should probably carry more conviction than a comparison of histories, since the histories are based on subjective evidence, and are faulty through defective interpretation and memory, while physical measurements are largely objective, and faulty only at the hands of the examiner and recorder.
The measurements available for comparison
CUNNINGHAM RL. NORMAL, ABSENT AND PATHOLOGIC TONSILS IN YOUNG WOMEN: A COMPARISON OF PHYSICAL MEASUREMENTS. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(3):453–463. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150100110009
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