A CLINICAL LECTURE ON LUMBAR ABSCESS.1
BY EDMUND ANDREWS, M.D., LL.D.,PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL SURGERY IN THE CHICAGO MEDICAL COLLEGE AND SENIOR SURGEON TO THE MERCY HOSPITAL.MERCY HOSPITAL CLINIC. SERVICE OF PROF. EDMUND ANDREWS, M.D., LLD., AND E. WYLLYS ANDREWS, A.M., M.D.
—This patient has a large interior abscess pointing in the right lumbar region. There is no deformity to suggest caries of the spine, but the caries might exist without the deformity being yet developed. The elder Gross put on record the statement that these abscesses always or nearly always spring from carious vertebræ, and with like uniformity terminate in death. Erichsen and others are of the opinion that the causes are generally tubercle.Both these opinions are erroneous. The connective tissue in the interior lumbar region is liable to inflammation and suppuration from various causes, just like connective tissue anywhere, and when it