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ADENOIDS AND IMMUNITY

HENRY B. LEMERE, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(6):1494-1501. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950070063005.
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THE ADENOID, A PHYSIOLOGIC STRUCTURE  The inspiration for this paper came from a consideration of the prevalence of sinus trouble in children. One is faced with the problem of an apparent increase in infections of the upper part of the respiratory tract in children which are generally known as sinus trouble. It seems to be impossible to cope with this situation. The hope that removal of tonsils and adenoids would materially reduce such infections has not been fulfilled. Efforts to produce immunity to colds by the injection of vaccines, the feeding of vitamins, and exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet rays are not universally successful; the work here recorded is an effort to discover whether the function of the adenoid is physiologically to tend to produce immunity to, or resolution of, nasal sinus infection in children. "Adenoids" is one of the unfortunate terms of medicine, and even the term "vegetative growths"

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