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Article
August 1955

NEW SOFT PALATE RETRACTOR

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(2):221-222. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830020103020
Abstract

Removal of the tonsils and adenoids is one of the commonest operations performed, but hardly any surgical procedure is done in a more hit-or-miss manner than this operation. Thorough removal of the adenoids has been especially neglected, probably due to some difficulty of accessibility and lack of control. In recent years, thanks to the writings of Reeves and Brill,* P. Guggenheim,3 and Meltzer,4 increasing emphasis has been paid to the thorough removal of the adenoids and also to the until now very much neglected enlarged salpingonasal and salpingopalatine folds, which, if present, cannot be seen by the ordinary technique. To do a good job and remove all the tissues from the upper part of the pharynx, they must be visualized, which frequently is quite a problem. Many operators are not even interested in seeing the result of their work. They go in once or twice with a curette

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