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Notes From Our Ophthalmic Heritage
December 1998

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(12):1669. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.12.1669

Guyton-Reese-Retinal Diseases: Discussion

Moacyr E. Alvaro

The roentgen treatment of hemorrhagic alterations of the retina dates back to the end of the second decade of this century; curiously, it was through analogy with the good results obtained in the treatment of hemorrhages in cases of myoma uteri that Hessberg, in 1919, tried the roentgen treatment for hemorrhagic glaucoma. In the following years roentgen irradiation for hemorrhagic conditions of the fundus has met with increasing favor. However, there appears still to be considerable difference of opinion regarding the results. A substantial group, comprising the great majority of those who have reported cases of retinal hemorrhages treated with roentgen radiation, seems to approve of the method and advocates the use of small doses, totaling 600 r, or even less.