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MacKenzie-type tonsil guillotine, United Kingdom, 1930-1960

Tonsillectomy by guillotine using this type of instrument was a standard treatment for those who experienced recurring throat infections in the late 1800s. This design was developed by Morell Mackenzie (1837-1892), a physician and laryngologist. Tonsillectomy by guillotine gradually fell out of favour in the twentieth century, although the technique remains in use to this day.

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Glossary: tonsil guillotine

Historical instrument once used for the removal of tonsils.

Glossary: tonsillectomy

The surgical removal of the tonsils.