The Tonsil Problem

Professor Otto Kahler gave his Semon Lecture in 1932. He spoke widely on the tonsils, including the role and function of tonsils, whether they served a particular purpose, before going on to address the long-standing issue of whether or not to remove them.

Journal article version of the lecture

Otto Kahler was born on the 8th of January 1849 in Prague, then a part of the Austrian Empire. Although Kahler had a relatively short life, dying aged 44 from cancer of the tongue, he achieved a lot and had his own eponymous syndrome – Kahler’s disease, otherwise known as multiple myelomatosis.


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