HOW MANY otologists who began practice before the advent of the recent fenestration operation and the most modern technique in dealing with intracranial complications of otitis media with chemotherapy and the antibiotics have had tragic results in dealing with brain abscess! During my training days, in Vienna and Budapest, while I studied with the, at that time, masters of otology, I strove to absorb the invaluable instruction those most-experienced teachers afforded me. After taking up practice, I very soon encountered cases requiring the greatest skill if gravely ill patients, suffering from the then common intracranial complications, were to be saved. Often I was thwarted in my most painstaking efforts. I can remember the little children who died from lateral-sinus thrombosis, meningitis, and brain abscess, in spite of my employment of the technique learned from my teachers.
Then I remembered the paper written by Dr. Joseph E. J. King1 on
CHASE WD. KING OPERATION FOR CEREBRAL ABSCESS: Report of a Case Complicating Chronic Mastoiditis, with Cholesteatoma and Labyrinthitis. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(3):309–311. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750090080008
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