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November 17, 1900

MASSAGE OF THE EYEBALL.PRESENT STATUS AND VALUE, WITH THE CONSIDERATION OF WHAT DISEASES OF THE EYEBALL MAY BE FAVORABLY INFLUENCED BY THIS THERAPEUTIC MEASURE AND WHAT ARE THE BEST MEANS OF ITS APPLICATION.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(20):1263-1264. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620460013001d
Abstract

Massage is one of the oldest remedies known to ophthalmic surgery, and it may well be believed that a method of treatment not only in vogue thousands of years ago, but also adopted and retained by almost every school of medicine, must have special virtue.

Having used ocular massage extensively for many years, I gladly avail myself of this opportunity of exchanging with my colleagues opinions as to its efficacy.

First, I wish to speak particularly of the simple and not of the instrumental variety, such as the direct rubbing with pieces of cotton wool or some fabric mounted on a convenient shaft, the tapottement (or tetanization) of Maklakow, the use of sounds, with or without buttonheads, and other devices. In the main, indirect massage (Pagenstecher, Michel) with the pulp of the finger placed on the skin of the lids is to be preferred. Costomiris, formerly of Athens, who speaks

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