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January 1935

ELECTROSURGICAL TECHNIC OF TONSILLECTOMY UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA

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BIG SPRING, TEXAS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(1):93-94. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020100011

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Abstract

Since machines have been devised to step up an electric current to such high frequency, with undamped oscillations, that it possesses a cutting effect on living tissue, they have been used in various surgical procedures such as the removal of cancer of the breast, superficial growths and lesions of various types and tumors of the brain and especially in transurethral resection for hypertrophied prostates. Two years ago I saw the possibilities of this high frequency, undamped electric cutting current in tonsillectomies and devised, independent of outside sources, the technic presented here, which in my hands has proved superior to any other. In the literature are numerous reports of the removal of tonsils by electrocoagulation and by means of a snare to which is connected a diathermy current. However, I have been unable to learn of any one who has made use of the undamped electric cutting current in a

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