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June 1964

GLAUCOMA, MESSENGER, AND HIPPOCRATES-Reply

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140 Marlborough St Boston, Mass 02116

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(6):880. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010895021

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Abstract

Dr. Mark's letter was referred to Dr. Messenger, who offers the following reply.

To the Editor:  Dr. Mark dislikes my article on "Glaukoma and Glaucoma" because I "rebuked" American ophthalmologists. I said that the ancients knew nothing of pathology as we know it and that the ancient Greeks had no concept whatever of cataract as such, and—most offensively of all—I disesteemed the (apparently his) Germanic pronunciation of the English word glaucoma. I am propagating errors, says Dr. Mark, of which he will correct "a few."If to undervalue a deviant pronunciation is to rebuke American ophthalmologists I am guilty.If it is conceded that the ancient Greeks were far behind us in knowledge of gross anatomy, physiology, and histology (they had no microscopes), it seems overgenerous to say they knew pathology as we know it. Certainly in their own way they knew much about the eye and its diseases.Evidence

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