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January 12, 1935

Das Glaukomproblem und die Glaukomoperationen

JAMA. 1935;104(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760020057025

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The first six pages of this booklet, in which the author emphasizes the necessity of differentiating between true or primary glaucoma and secondary glaucoma, are of inestimable value. After that, the remaining sixty-one pages of part I leave much to be desired. All true glaucomas are divided into J G L K, comprising what is recognized as inflammatory or, better, incompensated glaucoma, and G L K spl, which includes glaucoma simplex or compensated glaucoma and a combination of the two called K G L K. All other forms of glaucoma are relegated to the medieval trashbox. The author attributes J G L K to a congenital predisposition plus an excessive secretion from the ciliary gland (vide Duke Elder) and an excess in the L O (liquor ophthalmicus) of a mythical substance that he calls zyklin, which is supposed to be somewhat akin to the principles of the posterior pituitary lobe.

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