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June 27, 1885

TRANSPLANTATION OF AN EYE FROM THE RABBIT TO MAN.

JAMA. 1885;IV(26):713. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391010013004

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Abstract

At the meeting of the Académie de Médecine, of Paris, on May 28, M. Chibret reported that on May 4, 1885, he had successfully transplanted an eye from a rabbit to a young girl who had lost her left eye. The report contained in the Bulletin de l' Académie de Médecine does not say whether " successfully transplanted" means that the girl can see with the rabbit's eye or not; though one would infer that she can. It seems scarcely necessary to say, however, that such a result could not be hoped for, and that the operation must have been performed for cosmetic purposes only. Even in this case, the result should have stated whether or not the transplanted eye became controllable by the patient, and whether, if controllable, the movements are in accord with those of the other eye. If not, a glass eye would serve a better purpose. The

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