It is not my intention to go into the history of transplantation of conjunctiva from rabbit to man, but simply to report a successful case, and the method followed. Allow me to premise, however, by saying that in the winter of 1873-4 I saw De Wecker, of Paris, make the operation wherein he placed the conjunctiva, after removal from the rabbit, on a microscope slide over a tumbler of hot water to keep it moist and warm before transplanting.
In 1881, at the International Medical Congress in London, which I had the honor to attend as a delegate from this Association, Dr. Dufour, of Lausanne, reported several cases, in two of which he adopted the method followed by De Wecker. The same year—1881—it was my good fortune to assist Dr. Wolfe, of Glasgow, in a successful case, in which, instead of using hot water, he placed the conjunctiva to be
SMITH E. TRANSPLANTATION OF CONJUNCTIVA FROM THE RABBIT.. JAMA. 1886;VII(13):347–348. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250090095003
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