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December 10, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(24):2022-2024. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690240014005

The condition which confronts the ophthalmologist in his cases of glaucoma is sometimes so desperate that any measure of relief that can be afforded in addition to the means which are commonly employed will be most welcome. It not infrequently happens that he sees a patient for the first time when the sight has been lost in one or both eyes, and when little more can be expected by any methods than the relief of pain. In other instances, operative measures are refused by the patient and such means must be employed to prevent suffering, to retain vision and sometimes even to preserve the eyeball as may be found in any degree effective. These are often such as not to give the surgeon or the patient much comfort. A distinguished European ophthalmic surgeon, on being asked what his treatment of chronic glaucoma was, jestingly replied that he did not have

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