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November 21, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(21):583-584. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391200023009

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Does an Opacified Lens ever Recover Transparency?—Cure of Cataract—Medical Treatment of Cataract—Eye-dressings after Cataract-Operations—Removal of a Mesenteric Lipoma.

Since the remotest period of medical history up to the present time the question as to whether a crystalline lens opacified can ever resume its transparency, and whether it is possible to cure a cataract by medicinal means, has occupied the attention of medical men. In a very interesting paper on the medical treatment of cataract, Dr. Galezowski replies to the question in the following terms: "The fibres of the crystalline lens become opaque only because they had undergone the process of degeneration as much in their envelope as in their contents; and it is consequently impossible that the lens should resume its former vitality and transparency." The resolution of an opague lens has sometimes been observed, but this is effected only by the softening and the dissolution

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