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May 1973

Comments on Dr. Manschot's Study of Retinoschisis

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Glasgow, Scotland

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(5):440. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040442024

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To the Editor.  —Dr. Manschot, in his paper titled "Pathology of Hereditary Juvenile Retinoschisis," which was published in the August issue of the Archives (88:131, 1972), states that Jager in 1953 was the first to use the term retinoschisis in connection with this disease. I previously mentioned this term, which I pointed out was first used by Bartels for a different type of case, and introduced the concept of splitting of the retina in this hereditary condition in my discussion of two pedigrees (Br J Ophthalmol 36:632,1952).I would not take the trouble to say this were it not that Dr. Manschot is repeating the error in one of the papers he quotes by Yanoff et al, which was also published in the Archives (79:49,1968). It seems a pity that this statement should be handed down from one publication to another without checking the original literature.

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