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August 1962


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427 Nahant Road Nahant, Mass.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(2):300. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030304029

To the Editor:  —From time to time I have noticed letters to the editor which stress the importance of semantics in medical writing. After reading "Scleral Buckling" by Drs. Louis Girard and Alice McPherson in the April, 1962, issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, I feel compelled to comment, not as an ophthalmologist, but rather as a member of the United States Power Squadron and the Blue Water Sailing Club of Massachusetts Bay.The authors point out that encircling scleral elements should follow "the greater circle of the eye." In Boston, the home of the cod and the buckle, it is apparent that "the greater circle of the eye" does not exist. In navigation of any globe, the oculus included, it is "a great circle" which represents the intersection of the sphere by a plane through the center of the sphere. In scleral bucklings the encircling element should follow a

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