In reviewing the literature for 1931 on the tonsils and 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. Most of the outstanding contributions have been directed to the study of the bacteriology, immunology and biochemistry of the tonsils. An extremely interesting and instructive series of reports by New and Childrey on tumors of the tonsil and pharynx represent the observations of a large collection of clinical and pathologic material. Instructive papers on retropharyngeal abscess were contributed by Lifschutz and by Woodward.
A review of the various factors involved in the tonsil problem convinced Bürgers and Wolffheim that many factors are as yet not fully understood. Following a discussion of the bacteriology of the pharyngo-oral cavity, they stated that the bacteriology of healthy and of diseased tonsils as well as
HANSEL FK. Progress in Otolaryngology: Summaries of the Bibliographic Material Available in the Field of Otolaryngology: TONSILS AND ADENOIDS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(1):93–115. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040100013
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