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April 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Otological Research Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;33(4):618-622. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660030626010

In the office, the outpatient clinic and the hospital the lymphoid tissue in the pharynx, particularly that in the nasopharynx, plays a most important part in otolaryngology. Primary infections in this tissue extend to the sinuses, ears, larynx, bronchi and lungs. This is true particularly in children. Just where the primary focus for virus infections, such as the common cold, is I do not know, but it is certain that for pyogenic infections in the upper air passages the primary focus is lymphoid tissue. In the otolaryngologic outpatient departments of large hospitals there is an overwhelming demand for beds for patients whose tonsils and adenoids are to be removed, which cannot be met, especially the demand for free beds. Acute infections must be cared for in the hospitals, but it is the duty of otolaryngologists to foresee and treat conditions in their patients which they know by experience may lead

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