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February 17, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(7):397-399. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610070013001f

The subject of the operative treatment of chronic glaucoma was chosen for me by the worthy president of our Section. It is not that part of this symposium which I should myself have chosen, because it is a somewhat unsatisfactory one. There is so much diversity of opinion as to what constitutes simple glaucoma that when one surgeon speaks of it, another may be putting the same case down as optic atrophy. Then, in considering the results of treatment, there has been no agreement as to what is meant by iridectomy. To compare treatment by myotics with treatment by operation, which is the point of importance in this branch of the subject, it is necessary that we know exactly the nature of the operation, as well as the composition and use of the myotic. Especially is it important that a clear distinction be drawn between iridectomy and iridectome-dialysis, which in

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