- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 1, 2000

Books

• "Tonsils and Adenoids: A Guide for Patients," by Dr. Jack Paradise, Health Information Network, 1995. This book explains tonsil problems and tonsillectomies for the parents of young patients.

• "Let's Talk About: When You Have to Have Your Tonsils Out," by Melanie Apel Gordon, Rosen Press Group, 2000. This book describes tonsils and tonsillectomies in simple terms for children.

Associations

• The American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, Ill. 60007. Phone: 847/434-4000. Web site: www.aap.org. This professional organization has fact sheets on tonsillectomies, common procedures for children.

• American Academy of Otolaryngology, 1 Prince St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. Phone: 703/836-4444. Web site: www.entnet.org. This professional organization offers research information as well as fact sheets on tonsils and advice on preparing for surgery.

On line

• The University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology has a site (http://depts.washington.edu/otoweb/tonsil.html) devoted to research information and details about tonsils and their treatment.

• A page at KidsHealth's Web site (www.kidshealth.org) offers a step-by-step, what-to-expect guide for children getting ready to undergo a tonsillectomy. The site is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit group.

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