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May 1934

PATHOLOGIC CHANGES IN THE HUMAN PALATINE TONSIL: THEIR CORRELATION WITH THE CLINICAL FINDINGS

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(5):600-606. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790050065009
Abstract

The pathologic changes which occur in human palatine tonsils as a result of local infection are well known, for they have been studied extensively in many laboratories, and tabulations and descriptions of these changes have appeared in the literature.1 It is also known that when a large number of the tonsils removed as a routine are studied in the laboratory, a relatively large percentage are found to be normal. On the other hand, Kellert,2 found that the tonsillar changes in the clinically healthy young adult are similar in character though less extensive than those in patients with chronic local disease, and he failed to find distinctive changes due to the hemolytic streptococcus. It is not surprising, therefore, that studies on the correlation of the clinical and the laboratory data on the tonsils have not given encouraging results. For instance, Turley3 attempted to correlate the bacteriologic, pathologic and

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