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April 1936

A NEW ELECTRODE FOR SURGICAL DIATHERMY OF THE RETINA

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Portland, Ore.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;15(4):711-712. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840160135012

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Abstract

For some time it has seemed to me that the operation for detachment of the retina should be simplified. The multiplicity of micropins used in the methods of Walker and Šafář has necessitated a technic which is so complicated and difficult that most ophthalmologists have hesitated about attempting to perform the operation and have been forced to choose between giving a patient unskilled or inexperienced service or referring him to some metropolitan wizard.

For several months I have been using with ease and satisfaction to myself and to my patients an electrode of my own design. The electrode consists of an iridioplatinum pin, 0.3 mm. in diameter, mounted on a silver point, which forms a shoulder, 1 mm. in diameter. This in turn is screwed into the end of a tapered vulcanite handle, about the size of a fountain pen, 14 cm. long and about 6 mm. in diameter.

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