A craniocerebral infectious disease: Case report on the traces of hippocrates

Giuseppe L. Viale, Sergio Deseri, Sergio Gennaro, Elke Sehrbundt, Giovanni Broggi, James T. Goodrich, Lycurgus M. Davey

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A MODERN CASE of complicated sinusitis, with osteitis of the cranium and intraorbital-intracranial empyema, closely corresponds to descriptions reported in the Hippocratic treatise Diseases II. The therapeutic measures suggested in that work can be regarded as suitable according to modern practice. An ancient physician who followed the Hippocratic doctrine probably would have been able to recognize this complicated disease and possibly save the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1376-1379
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2002
Externally publishedYes



  • Ancient medicine
  • Hippocrates
  • Infectious disease
  • Intracranial empyema
  • Sinusitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Viale, G. L., Deseri, S., Gennaro, S., Sehrbundt, E., Broggi, G., Goodrich, J. T., & Davey, L. M. (2002). A craniocerebral infectious disease: Case report on the traces of hippocrates. Neurosurgery, 50(6), 1376-1379. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006123-200206000-00034