In a casual survey of the contents of medical periodicals in general, and journals of otology in particular, the attention of the reader will be speedily attracted to the prominence alloted the literature of intracranial infective diseases, and careful perusal of such contributions will reveal a gratifying change in the subject-matter as now presented, in striking contrast with similar descriptions of a by no means remote otologic period. The time was, and that within the memory of the youngest of us, when the account was restricted to a brief and deplorably incomplete clinical history, with a doleful and verbose report of autopsy appended, the whole concluding with a mournful dissertation on the utter inadequacy of surgical methods for successful resistance against the inroads of a malady which, with the seeming co-operation of a malignant fate, defied and mocked at every resource of medical science.
With the advent of antisepsis, that
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