While the deep tissues of the eyeball are among the body's structures most highly susceptible to infection from penetrating wounds, they have profited very little by the great principles of wound sterilization as developed by modern antisepsis, and eyes so injured are daily being removed, as compound fractures of extremities in the old days were followed by amputations to save the patient from death from sepsis. This is true because the delicate structures of the eye cannot stand any really efficient germicide. Nor can such be given free access to the seat of infection, nor can the parts be laid open for free drainage, nor can damaged tissues be cut away as in recent war surgery.
How, then, may this situation be altered for the better? The answer is to be found in exciting an abundant flow of lymph, which is nature's antiseptic and tissue restorer, and goes to every
JONES EL. THE MAXIMUM PHYSIOLOGIC LYMPHATIC REACTION IN DEEPLY PENETRATING WOUNDS OF THE EYEBALL. JAMA. 1919;73(11):826. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610370024007
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