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What the Reduction in Tonsillectomies Teaches Us About Medicine

July 1, 2014

When I was a child, one of my favorite books was “Curious George Goes to the Hospital.” It told the story of a little monkey who swallowed a puzzle piece, needed an operation to get it out, and got ice cream to soothe his sore throat afterward. It seemed at the time to be a thinly veiled story about tonsillectomy. One of the driving forces behind the publication, I’m sure, was that so many children had their tonsils removed that it was helpful to have a book explaining to children how such a hospitalization would go.

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