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100 Years Ago in the Archives
March 2000

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(3):451. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.3.451

The first to describe hemorrhage threatening the existence of the eye as a complication of cataract extraction seems to have been Wenzel in 1779. Beer also had seen such cases, and he writes that he always operated on them before witnesses, although he does not tell us what signs led him to expect such complications beforehand. In the present paper it is not my intention to give an historical resume of the various cases reported, but, taking as a text two cases seen in Dr Peschel's clinic, to consider the method by which in the future one may be able to combat or even prevent this complication either in both eyes or at least in the second eye when the first has been lost from hemorrhage.

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