PART I: EMBRYOLOGY AND BONE GROWTH IN INFECTIONS OF THE CRANIAL BONES
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF SURGICAL TREATMENT OF INFECTIONS OF THE PETROUS APEX IN RELATION TO MENINGITIS
My purpose in this article is to present a brief account of my progressive studies on infections of the petrous apex and to report briefly the case which first awakened my personal interest in the subject.
On Dec. 8, 1926, a young girl1 who required an operation on the mastoid entered the Newark Eye and Ear Infirmary. After the operation she had pain (a) in her head and (b) behind her eye. Later she returned, and another operation was performed on the mastoid, during which the surgeon noticed tissue that "looked like cheese." Forty-three days subsequent to the first operation, meningitis developed. At autopsy the petrous apex was found to be eroded and filled with granulations and with
EAGLETON WP. A NEW CLASSIFICATION OF THE BONES FORMING THE SKULL: BASED ON THEIR FUNCTION AND EMBRYOLOGIC ORIGIN AS INFLUENCING THE KIND, COURSE AND FREQUENCY OF INFECTIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL BONES, WITH SURGICAL APPLICATIONS, ESPECIALLY AS TO THE RELATION OF OSSEOUS INFECTIONS TO MENINGITIS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;24(2):158–189. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640050167003
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