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It will not be necessary at this late date, to advocate or dwell at length upon the great value, nay, absolute importance, of antiseptic surgery. Its latest triumphs and most brilliant results, have been shown in brain surgery. It is not only possible to reach and drain abscesses in the temporo-sphenoidal lobe of the cerebrum, but it is considered possible to save life by opening into the cerebellar fossæ and removing pus from the neighborhood of the lateral sinus. The antiseptic treatment of chronic purulent disease of the middle ear was a natural sequence, and was soon followed by the use of boracic acid in powder and solution, and still later by the superior antiseptic agent, bi-chloride of mercury in solution; then the use of antiseptic wool and gauze, with the protecting agency of oiled silk as "protectors" and artificial membranes which act so as to prevent the entrance of
TURNBULL L. ON THE VALUE OF ANTISEPTIC TREATMENT, AND PROTECTION FOR THE MEMBRANA-TYMPANI, IN PERFORATIONS THE RESULT OF OTORRHŒA. Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Newport, R. I., June 25, 1880. JAMA. 1889;XIII(24):839–841. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401200009001b
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