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September 15, 1883

IS ABSCISSION A PROPER OPERATION?

Author Affiliations

OF BALTIMORE, MD.

JAMA. 1883;I(10):298-299. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390100010001c

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Abstract

[Read in Section on Ophthalmology, Otology and Laryngology.]

A question which often intruded itself upon me when carrying out the suggestions of Mr. Critebek, was as to the propriety of removing the staphylomatous tumor and leave the bulk of the eyeball behind. This operation I have for many years abandoned, for the reason that I questioned the advantages supposed to attend the leaving of a part of the eyeball to facilitate the movement of the artificial eye shell. It is difficult to divest one's self of the idea, that a round, plump, symmetrical stump, is not essentially adapted for the application of an artificial eye, itself the section of a hollow sphere, which seems to invite into its open concavity a corresponding spherical surface. It seems to be a natural inference that when two surfaces are nicely adjusted they should work well together. However true this may be in joint

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