The history of the treatment of pelvic abscess.
Vaginal incision and drainage: a description of the operation and the immediate postoperative care.
The clinical aspects of pelvic abscess.
Deaths in cases of pelvic abscess following vaginal incision and age, and the pathology of the disease.
General summary and conclusions.
I. THE HISTORY OF THE TREATMENT OF PELVIC ABSCESS
The history of the treatment of pelvic abscess carries the student back to the very beginnings of gynecology and surgery. It tells the story of painful surgical operations which were hesitatingly performed at extreme hazard, decades before Morton1 introduced general anesthetics or Lister2 applied the principles of Pasteur. It takes one back to an age when there were no surgical specialties. Overcoming national prejudice, it links into a common chain the names of men who, during the past century, have laid the foundations of operative