In cases of chronic enlargement of the tonsils, it has become common practice, I think because it is the simplest thing to do, to excise the tonsils. We must determine a successful method of reducing the size of these organs without excision. Fairly good results are obtained from the use of phytolacca internally, and external applications either of the tincture of the chloride of iron or Monsel's solution. These applications, however, are difficult to make and the results of this treatment is often unsatisfactory.
I have used thuja in the treatment of ulcerative sore throats, and where there are unduly enlarged glands, and I believe that it will be found to be an excellent remedy for chronic enlargement of the tonsils. I think the remedy should be used both internally and by application. I am anxious to have the report from those who have used it. Dr. Graves in the Times speaks very favorably of it, and others have used it for this purpose. There is no doubt but by careful measures we shall yet succeed in determining the satisfactory method of treatment.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.