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August 29, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):480-484. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870028001m

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The literature of glaucoma is honeycombed with doubt and contradiction. If a writer advances a theory of its causation, others demonstrate its inadequacy; if one presents a pathology, another proves it incomplete; if one proposes a plan of treatment, others shortly affirm that they have tried the plan and found it wanting. One cures his cases by iridectomy; another by sclerotomy posterior; another by sclerotomy anterior; another by internal division of the sclerotic at the angle of the anterior chamber; another by division of the ciliary body; another by corneal punctures; another by myotics; others make a selection from these several modes of treatment according to the case in hand. This is a rational method, but as no two make the same selection the seeker for practical directions in treating a case of glaucoma must sift his own data and follow his individual judgment.

If the eye could be taken

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