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Francis M. Rackemann, MD
JAMA. 1965;191(7):592-593. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070076012.
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At the annual convention of the American Medical Association in June 1964, three of the papers presented before the Section on General Surgery dealt with the operation of glomectomy and its part in the treatment of asthma. Removal of the carotid body and nervous tissue of the carotid sinus is an easy matter, but the decision to remove these structures should not be reached too quickly. These special tissues play important parts in maintaining the homeostatis of the body.

The carotid sinus is a dilatation of the carotid artery at the point where the artery divides into its external and internal branches near the angle of the jaw. The carotid body is a bit of special tissue which varies from 1 to 10 mm in diameter and lies near the crotch between the carotid artery branches. The sinus has a veil of tissue which surrounds it and the beginning of


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