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August 1951


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology of the University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine and Surgery.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(2):198-199. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750080086015

Advances in laryngology have been made and are permanent. Just as appendectomy is the first step for an abdominal surgeon, so tonsillectomy is the first rung on the ladder of success for a laryngologist. As these operations are performed, the surgeons always try to improve the technique and make the procedure easy for both the patient and the surgeon.

The method of removing tonsils is either partial removal (tonsillotomy) or complete removal (tonsillectomy). The complete removal is an old way in surgery and was practiced by Celsus1 before the Christian era (53 B. C. to 7 A. D.). The operation can be done by a rapid, or guillotine, method or by slow dissection. Nowadays, the majority of laryngologists, following the experts of England and America, agree that if a tonsil is diseased, surgical intervention is in order. It should be removed complete with its capsule. George E. Waugh of

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