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July 1, 1916

THE USES OF THE DESICCATION METHOD IN OPHTHALMOLOGY: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO EPITHELIOMAS OF LIDS, CANTHI AND CONJUNCTIVA: REPORT OF CASES

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(1):17-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590010021005
Abstract

The success obtained in some ophthalmologic lesions by the desiccation method is my reason for relating as clearly and briefly as possible what has been achieved up to the present time.

Details concerning this method have already been published.1 In the present paper only those points will be emphasized that seem essential for a proper understanding of the application to ophthalmology.

The desiccation method is one by means of which certain congenital or new growths may be reduced by employing heat of just sufficient intensity to desiccate, but not to carbonize them. This heat is best generated by means of a high frequency electric current, which is subject to accurate regulation. I have been unable to produce a current possessing the proper qualities for eye work from any apparatus except a high speed static machine equipped with suitable accessories for transforming the static into a high frequency current. The

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