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July 1943


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(1):71-80. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040080011

In reviewing the American and British literature on tonsils and adenoids for the year beginning Oct. 1, 1941 one finds a notable decrease in the number of articles published on this subject. However, in spite of the scarcity of material, several interesting and worth while articles have appeared. Several papers have been published on the relation of tonsillectomy to poliomyelitis. Postoperative complications and infections attracted considerable attention, and benign tumors of the tonsils have been discussed by a few authors. The adenoid was largely neglected; it was mentioned only casually in connection with the tonsils and the nasopharynx.

TONSILS: GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS  Unger1 calls attention to the fact that analyses have been made by many students in recent years which have caused considerable doubt concerning the value of tonsillectomy in alleviating or curing such conditions as heart disease, rheumatism, nephritis, pulmonary disease and gastrointestinal trouble. He then states:... It behooves