So much has been written concerning the mastoid and its associated organs, and the ground has been surveyed by so many leaders in otology, that it seems almost presumptuous to say anything further on the subject, unless distinctly new light can be cast on places that now seem more or less enveloped in darkness.
The last word, however, has not yet been uttered on mastoid and its allied surgery, and until it has, individual experience and observation may, nay must, assist us in the accumulation of future information and in the systematizing and clarifying of present knowledge.
Mastoid surgery, with such complicating features as cerebral and cerebellar abscesses, sinus and jugular thromboses, extensive tympanic necroses, easily takes its place with the most important surgery of the body, and only those who appreciate its significance and are ready to prepare themselves anatomically for the work should participate in the undertaking.
ALLPORT F. HISTORY OF THE MASTOID OPERATION.ITS SURGICAL ANATOMY, ETC.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(2):92–101. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210020012002d