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May 1929


Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;9(5):550-568. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620030576011

In reviewing the literature for 1928 on the tonsils and the adenoids, I have selected only those papers which promote discussion and those which, according to my judgment, show the advances made in this particular field of otolaryngology during the past year. With each advancing year, knowledge of the tonsils in relation to other diseases is increasing. There seems to be an increasing tendency for the laryngologist, not only to base his reasons for tonsillectomy on the character of the tonsils, but to consider more carefully their relation as a focus of infection in other diseases, regardless of their appearance.

Although certain observers continue their investigations on the physiology of the tonsils, little has been added to previous knowledge. Interesting articles have been written by Sercer and by Slobodnik on the embryologic phases of the tonsils. A most comprehensive work on the muscular attachments of the tonsil was done

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