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July 27, 1907


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JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):291-299. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320040003002a

There is probably no form of ocular disease which has excited more interest or which affords, in some of its clinical features, more reasonable opportunity for opposing opinions than chronic glaucoma.

Although it is my purpose in this paper to discuss the surgical treatment of the disease, it is, first of all, important that we should entertain a common understanding of the clinical picture had in mind.

For a generation there has been no doubt in the minds of experienced surgeons as to the necessity and signal value of iridectomy in the treatment of the inflammatory types of glaucoma. But in so-called chronic, simple, or non-inflammatory glaucoma there has been much diversity of opinion as to the value of surgical interference.

It is probable that the adverse views which have been and are still entertained by different surgeons depend, in large measure, on the mental concept entertained by the individual

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