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At last, the tonsils, those small organs that to many clinicians seem not only useless but positively dangerous, and made apparently only to furnish employment for their removal, seem to be acquiring a new importance in the minds of some of the continental physicians. That the tonsils are primarily defence organs, even the most ardent believer in tonsillectomy will admit. The function of its lymphoid tissue is to destroy the bacteria entering through the crypt and surface epithelium. A catarrh of the mucosa leads to a hyperplasia of the lymphatic tissue. The increasing resistance or immunity of the mucosa with
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HAS THE TONSIL AN INTERNAL SECRETION?. Ann Intern Med. 1931;4:1222–1223. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-9-1222
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(9):1222-1223.
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