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Chromic Acid Treatment of Chronic Enlargements of the Tonsils.

F. E. Yoakum, M.D.
JAMA. 1891;XVI(7):247. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410590031011.
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To the Editor:  Miss G. M., æt. 17, very small in stature, been delicate for several years. Tonsils very large, caused breathing through the mouth nearly entirely. They pressed against each other closely. Made a puncture with a small bistoury in one tonsil, then with a regular acid probe I heated or melted chromic acid crystals over a gas jet, until I had a nice smooth ball about the size of a small pea, which I carried into the punctured tonsil. Letting it remain a very short time after taking the probe out, I took up all excess of acid about the tonsil with absorbent cotton. The third day the patient presented herself with a large, deep slough from the centre of tonsil. After that healed I repeated the operation in the other tonsil, and continued until I had reduced them three-fourths their size. I have used this remedy in


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