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Article
August 1949

UVULA AND TONSILS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(2):216-219. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010225006
Abstract

THE QUESTION of what role the uvula plays under normal conditions has stimulated the interest of many laryngologists. Yet only a few answers, and these tentative, have been given in the past.

A paper by Richardson and Pullen,1 recently published in these Archives, attributed so many physiologic functions to the uvula that it seems to be a very important organ of the human body. However, it remains to be seen whether further observations will prove that the conclusions drawn by Richardson and Pullen from their experience are entirely justified. They concluded that the uvula massages and moistens the posterior pharyngeal wall and aids in removing and moving downward material from this wall, that it transfers the secretion from the midline of the velum and the posterior pharyngeal wall from above and anteriorly to the midline posteriorly, that it is a valuable aid in guarding against middle ear disease in

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