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June 1930

ELECTROSURGERY IN THE DRAINAGE OF CERTAIN ABSCESSES OF THE BRAIN

Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;11(6):742-751. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03560060068005
Abstract

It is evident that the existing methods of drainage of acute abscesses of the brain are unsatisfactory. The variety of methods in use at the present time indicates that we are still searching for the ideal method. I should like to discuss some of the practical difficulties which are encountered particularly in the drainage and exploration of acute abscesses of the brain and to suggest a method of establishing drainage which at the same time admits of an adequate exploration.

There are certain surgical principles involved in the treatment for abscess of the brain: (1) the avoidance of hemorrhage; (2) the avoidance of meningeal infection and (3) adequate drainage, to which I should like to add a fourth, namely, (4) adequate exploration.

In otologic surgery, the abscess of the brain is encountered under two distinct sets of circumstances.

1. A lead to the abscess may be found at the time

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