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July 23, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(4):271-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330040007002

As the subject of this paper has not been presented to the Section for many years, I thought it might be profitable to discuss what seems to be the most important of the procedures now claiming our attention.

HISTORICAL REVIEW  Whether or not Saint-Yves (1722), Morgagni (1740), Wardrop (1818), and Panizza (1828) fully appreciated the condition later described as amotio sive sublatio retinæ, there can be no doubt that some of the findings referred to by them as hydrops subchorioidealis and hydrops chorioideæ internus were genuine examples of detachment of the retina.That William Mackenzie1 was, even during the preophthalmoscopic era, well acquainted with the pupillary and anatomic appearances of detachment of the retina and the need for surgical interference in its treatment is quite evident from a perusual of his earliest textbook.He says, inter alia:It has been ascertained by dissection that a watery fluid is sometimes present

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