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November 1977

The Tonsillitis Habit

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(11):685. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780280081014

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The Tonsillitis Habit by Osborn and Roydhouse is a small volume (100 pages) with an interesting title. The purpose of this book is to discuss the rationale and value of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. The book has several virtues and a number of debits. On the positive side there is an interesting discussion of the physiology and the pathology of "reversible forms" and "irreversible forms" of tonsillitis. The chapter by Holland on anesthesia for adenotonsillectomy presents a worthwhile review of the principles of anesthesia for tonsillectomy and stresses maintenance of the airway. The list of anesthestic agents may not suit every anesthesiologist, however. The chapters describing cow's-milk intolerance, modes of cross infection of infants, and peridontal disease are worth reading, since they are not stressed in most otolaryngology textbooks.

On the debit side, however, is a real absence of significant correlation of the pathology of tonsil and adenoid disease to indications

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