Everything to gain: Sir Hugh Cairns' treatment of central nervous system infection at Oxford and abroad.
Chalif JI., Gillies MJ., Magdum SA., Aziz TZ., Pereira EAC.
Antibiotics have revolutionized survival from central nervous system (CNS) infections. Sixty years after the death of Sir Hugh Cairns, we present archive material of historical interest from the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford from the time of his first trials of penicillin for CNS infection. We discuss Cairns' important wartime and subsequent contributions to antibiosis in CNS infection and include drawings by Audrey Arnott illustrating the surgical techniques used to treat abscesses at the time.