A CASE OF CHRONIC ABSCESS OF THE TONGUE

C. W. RICHARDSON
1898 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
The importance of the removal of this diseased tissue has also been corroborated by Harrison Allen. I have seen a number of such cases in vocalists, in which very marked vocal disability was entirely relieved by the removal of this diseased tonsillary tissue. In the removal of this tissue and the use of the knife and the tonsil punch forceps is much superior to any other method, and especially to the galvanic cautery ; for the reason that the cicatricial tissue caused by the use of the cautery
more » ... use of the cautery interferes with the proper action of the pillars of the fauces, thereby causing more or less rigidity of the parts and consequently seriously affecting vocalization. Dr. Richardson-I have found that the most unsatisfactory cases were those in which the pillars of the fauces were attached to the anterior surface of the tonsil. I saw Dr. Roe operate in Rochester, and was so delighted with the procedure and with the complete separation of the pillars from the tonsil, that I obtained one of the instruments used by him. I have used the instrument since with a great deal of satisfaction,
doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440610027001k fatcat:7urz6uwsebe4zefjkwbhdwjfmy