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April 10, 1948


Author Affiliations

Chicago; Evanston, Ill.

From the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois.

JAMA. 1948;136(15):957-965. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890320001001

To the almost innumerable reports on the effect of treatment on the course of glaucomas, another one is added herewith in the hope that it will justify its presentation by meeting more fully the requirements for such reports as set by Sidney A. Fox in 1943.1 Those requirements were: (1) the adoption of a standard nomenclature for glaucoma, (2) the provision of a standard preoperative classification of glaucoma into groups and subgroups, (3) a systematic evaluation of all the important operative procedures, old and new, in all the common types of glaucoma, (4) a systematic follow-up for definite periods of time and (5) evaluation of results on the basis of generally adopted, uniform criteria.

While fulfilment of requirements 1 and 2 will be impossible until a representative, probably international committee of experts agrees on a standard nomenclature and classification of the glaucomas, we believe that the distinction between the

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