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The term "diffuse abscess of the brain" is used in the above title for want of a better name. The nature of the lesion is explained in the report of the case.
Case.—On January 15, 1883, I was requested by my father, Dr. J. D. Eggleston, of Hampden Sidney College, Va., to visit P. H—, a German, æt. 54, who had been sick since November, 1882, but had not come under treatment until about December 20. There was nothing of importance in the history save malarial attacks; he had been under treatment for intermittents six months previously. No history of syphilis; so far as could be ascertained he had never suffered from headache except from the malarial attacks.
When he was first seen by the writer he complained of no pain; of nothing, in fact. His appetite was very small, sometimes eating nothing during the day. His wife had noticed
EGGLESTON WG. PRIMARY DIFFUSE ABSCESS OF THE BRAIN(?) APHASIA; DEATH.. JAMA. 1885;IV(15):393-394. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900001001