The subject of this paper is one in which I have taken great interest for a considerable time, and have been hoping that the day would come, when some means would be suggested whereby its attendant dangers might be lessened, and the need for the use of the knife in most cases, done away with.
By deep-seated abscesses I desire that you will understand me as referring to those cases of alveolar abscess, which have extended beyond the ordinary limits, and have involved more or less extensively the structure of the jaw, with a tendency to necrosis, or have penetrated the antrum of Highmore, or have escaped from the neighborhood of the maxilla, and have burrowed downwards between the muscles of the neck, as frequently occurs in abscesses associated with the inferior teeth.
Ordinarily the diagnosis of these cases is not difficult, but occasionally the cause of the disease has
JOHN S. MARSHALL. THE TREATMENT OF DEEP-SEATED ABSCESSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TEETH WITHOUT EXTERNAL INCISION.. JAMA. 1885;V(8):207–209. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391070001001d