Articles dealing with nontuberculous pulmonary abscess tend to discuss phases of this subject from the point of view of the internist, bronchoscopist or surgeon. It is my purpose in this article to speak of the treatment and management of nontuberculous pulmonary abscess in general and with especial reference to a series of twenty-five consecutive cases.
The virulence of the infection and the resistance of the patient are fundamental factors in any disease, and in this condition the duration of the illness before the institution of treatment, the possibility of a foreign body, the location of the abscess or abscesses and the presence or absence of the organisms of Vincent's angina, Endamoeba histolytica or tubercle bacilli are of basic importance. The earlier the abscess comes under treatment after its inception, the more amenable it is to the simpler forms of therapy, while the later it comes under observation, the more likely
CUMMINGS GO. TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF NONTUBERCULOUS PULMONARY ABSCESSWITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO A SERIES OF TWENTY-FIVE CONSECUTIVE CASES. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(6):684–698. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790060033004