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December 4, 1943


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JAMA. 1943;123(14):880-882. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840490008002

In writing on this topic my object is to emphasize and reiterate that if prompt and proper methods are adopted many injured eyes will be saved and varying degrees of vision retained and to refute the defeatist attitude that an eye with a foreign body in its interior is potentially a lost eye.

My opinions are mainly personal and based on an experience of more than forty-five years in an industrial community. "What thou seest, write in a book" (Revelation, chapter I, verse 11).

There are several abstract principles to be considered first. The history of the accident is all important, for from it one learns whether one has to deal with a magnetic or a nonmagnetic retained foreign body. If the body is nonmagnetic, recovering it becomes more difficult and the prognosis is less favorable, as it entails additional trauma to a delicate and highly specialized organ already grievously