In reviewing the literature for 1929 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. A great deal of interest on the subject of rheumatism and arthritis and their relation to the tonsils and adenoids has been shown in several interesting papers. Kaiser, who has made extensive studies of rheumatism in a large group of cases extending over a period of several years, continues to report the results of these observations. Waldapfel, Claus and others have continued their investigations on the subject of postanginous pyemia and report further studies on the histopathology of the tonsils and peritonsillar tissues.
Burnett and Piltz presented a series of 100 patients who, following some acute infection, were especially studied with reference to possible injury of