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November 17, 1956

Corneal Grafts

JAMA. 1956;162(12):1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290091029

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The chapters in this book on the anatomy and physiology of the cornea and the ultrastructure and chemical composition, with a discussion on the mucoids, salts, and metabolism, are all worthy of the reader's critical attention. Francois and Rabaey ( 1953 ) stated that the disappearance or the decrease of the mucoid substance of the stroma promotes vascularization. Neovascularization is still the mortal enemy of the corneal graft, and, when its causative factor or factors become known, a great step toward the elimination of corneal opacification will have been made. The pathology of corneal opacities is thoroughly described, with the aid of excellent photomicrographs. Paufique, the father of lamellar keratoplasty, states that the old prejudice against lamellar keratoplasty was based on the unavoidable opaque connective tissue formed behind the graft. He claims that this is now avoidable, due to the progress in asepses, advances in technique, and the use of antibiotics. He

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