Carbuncle was formerly looked upon as a peculiar mysterious disease having a pathologic process of its own, with little or no relationship to any other disease, either in its etiology, its pathology, or its indications for treatment.
The teaching and especially the practice of the present day indicate that we are still in bondage to the traditions of the older pathology with respect to carbuncle, chiefly because it is one of those more common diseases which have received scant attention in later years on account of the allurements of visceral surgery, and the rewards of work and study in the newer fields.
A conviction that there are established facts and available knowledge respecting this disease, which are not fully reflected in the views and the practice of to-day, is sufficient justification for an effort to ascertain and correlate what is known of the cause and nature of carbuncle, and for
GRAHAM DW. CARBUNCLE: ITS ETIOLOGY, PATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT.Read before the First Pan-American Medical Congress.. JAMA. 1894;XXII(16):572-574. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420950008001a