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September 1931

WHY LIGATE THE JUGULAR VEIN IN CASES OF LATERAL SINUS THROMBOSIS?

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;14(3):272-281. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.00630020312003
Abstract

Any one who favors or advocates a procedure at variance with the one commonly practiced by the majority of his colleagues is faced with the necessity of giving the reasons for his faith. Consequently, when I make the statement that I believe operative intervention on the jugular vein in cases of lateral sinus thrombosis is superfluous, I should offer the data on which I base my opinion.

However, before offering my reasons, I might well ask: Why is jugular ligation so commonly practiced when one is dealing with an infection in the lateral sinus?

In the first place, there is the weight of authority and tradition. It will be agreed that when a pathologic condition is placed in the surgical class for the first time, the procedure advocated carries great weight ; all who follow this procedure are supposed to be doing the proper thing, whereas he who advocates a departure

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