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From the Archives of the Archives
February 2003

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(2):180. doi:

My experience has taught me that the foreign body is best removed through the enlarged initial opening and that the giant magnet can be relied upon to do its work from start to finish . . . First, whilst in London both Mr. Lawford and Mr. Treacher Collins of Moorfield gave me account of cases that had come under their care, where with very powerful giant magnets, they did not succeed in dislodging the foreign body within the eye. They had Mr. Mackenzie Davidson use X-rays for them, and through this the foreign body was located, the eye was cut down upon at the point designated by the X-ray, and the foreign body promptly removed, in one of the cases with the hand magnet.

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