[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.146.184.210. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
November 1965

MR. MACKENZIE INVESTIGATES GREEN CATARACTS

Author Affiliations

Moorfields Eye Hospital High Holborn London W.C. 1, England

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(5):701-702. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040703027
Abstract

To the Editor:  It was with great interest and pleasure that I read the article "Mr. Mackenzie Investigates Green Cataracts," by Mr. Charles Snyder in your July, 1965 issue. I would like to raise two points.While agreeing that a possible origin of the elusive green cataract (glaukosis) of Hippocrates is the use of candle light as compared with the white light of modern instruments, it should perhaps be emphasized that the word "glaukos" as used in the fifth century B.C. meant "gleaming" without any reference to color.1 Admittedly, Plutarch, in the second century A.D. used it to mean "blue-green," but it may be that Aristotle, who first used the word "glaucoma," and Hippocrates would have inclined towards the earlier, rather than the later meaning of the word (fourth and fifth century B.C.).As my second point, I would suggest that the modern word "glaucoma" with its different meaning

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×