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April 1949

Reflessi sociali della tonsillectomia; Osservazioni sulle persone senza tonsille.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(4):548. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040560019

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This is the fourth monograph by Calderoni on the tonsil problem. He recognizes a syndrome seen in a person whose tonsils have been removed which has certain similarities to the syndrome of agonadism. He cites cases to substantiate his theory that tonsillectomy will interfere with the normal interrelations of the endocrine glands, so as to result in a clinical syndrome characterized by a loss of energy and strength, an impairment of memory and changes in personality. He suggests that removal of part of the tonsils is much safer than complete tonsillectomy.

The reviewer believes the clinical data are too meager and sketchy to justify this philippic against tonsillectomy.

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