Recovery from septic meningitis developing after skull fracture or, indeed, from any other cause, is sufficiently rare to justify the reporting of illustrative cases. In the present instance, we find further reasons for publishing the reports of two cases in the facts, first, that previous accounts of the therapeutic methods employed have not attracted the attention of the profession which they deserve; and, second, that in one of the cases a simplification of technic which promises to popularize the method was introduced.
A survey of the literature discloses that spinal drainage, or drainage combined with irrigation, is no novel procedure in the treatment of meningitis. During the last fifty years there have been numerous accounts of its use in some form or other, and at a number of different points in the skull or vertebral column. It is scarcely necessary to give a detailed summary of the literature on the
RAINEY WR, ALFORD LB. THE TREATMENT OF SEPTIC MENINGITIS BY CONTINUOUS DRAINAGE. JAMA. 1923;81(18):1516–1518. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650180034012
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