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October 4, 1924


Author Affiliations

Budapest. Professor of Ophthalmology, State University of Pecs

JAMA. 1924;83(14):1097. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660140055026

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To the Editor:  —I have received several clippings from American newspapers which describe the good results of Dr. Koppanyi in transplanting the eyes of mammals, and who declares in his interview that transplantation of human eyes with return of the vision is possible. He even says that the vision returns from four to six weeks after the transplantation.Recalling the great excitement that was caused by such news a year ago in Europe among the unfortunate blind men, when Mr. Koppanyi filled the newspapers with these fantastically optimistic ideas, I consider it my moral duty to inform the highest American medical publication concerning the history of this question as far as it is connected with Mr. Koppanyi.First, Dr. Koppanyi was never a medical student, but studied zoology and is not an M.D. He went from Budapest to Vienna and repeated the experiments of Uhlenhuth, Nicolai and Scleros Zervos, transplanting

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