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January 23, 1897

THE EMPLOYMENT OF X RAYS FOR THE RELIEF OF SOME FORMS OF BLINDNESS.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(4):180. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440040036009

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Abstract

It is not unreasonable to hope that many new uses will be found for the X rays, both in the arts and in the sciences. The possibilities of the range of application to which the recently discovered force is susceptible are yet beyond intelligent conception. Whether we have to do with a new force or with merely some modification of an already familiar force remains to be determined. In any event we have had placed in our hands by Roentgen's discovery an agency capable of doing what has heretofore been considered impossible.

There has been exploited of late rather noisily in the newspapers the idea that the blind might be made to see by means of the X rays. It was not expected by intelligent minds that vision of any kind could be restored when atrophy or degeneration or other form of destruction of optic nerves, centers or tracts had

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