In November, 1923, I1 described an operation for brain abscess, and gave a report of three patients operated on in this manner. As this paper has not been published, the method described will be reviewed. In addition, a patient operated on by this method, although suffering from traumatic abscess with sinus formation, which in reality should not be classified as a true brain abscess, will be reported.
Heretofore, results following operation for brain abscess on the whole have been poor; the mortality rate has been so high that no operative procedure which has been followed by various operators has been considered adequate to cope effectually with the situation. Bagley2 in a paper which was read a year ago, stated the following:
The serious state of patients when presented for treatment, the difficulty in making decisions concerning operations, and the high mortality rate in reported cases all indicate a lack of
JOSEPH E. J. KING. THE TREATMENT OF BRAIN ABSCESSA SURGICAL TECHNIC IN WHICH THE USUAL DRAINAGE METHODS ARE AVOIDED. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1925;1(1):26–41. doi:10.1001/archotol.1925.00560010034003