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December 30, 1939

GLAUCOMA: A MEDICAL PROBLEM

JAMA. 1939;113(27):2442. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520066021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In civilized countries glaucoma takes first place among the causes of blindness. De Grosz says that more blindness results from this disease than from syphilis, tuberculosis, gonorrhea or even injuries. Yet there is no subject affecting the eyes which is less understood or for the prevention of which less is being done. The communication in The Journal Nov. 26, 1938, asking whether the views of Magitot on the origin of glaucoma were generally accepted was important.Magitot is one of the most eminent French ophthalmologists. He was one of four reporters on glaucoma at the thirteenth Ophthalmologic Congress, the Netherlands, 1929, and the summary of the views he expressed was embodied in papers through four succeeding numbers of the Annales d'oculistique. These views were not generally accepted by the medical profession. One reason why they are not more widely accepted is that they are not generally understood.

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