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It is an undisputed fact that what are generally considered the simple things in the treatment of diseased conditions, whether medical or surgical, may if overlooked or misapplied, become serious, and sometimes be the means of bringing about untoward results. With this idea in mind, I have jotted down a few suggestions on when to apply heat and cold in eye treatment; not that these thoughts are entirely original, but in the hope that they may serve to remind us of a simple though useful adjunct, to our other treatment of the conditions mentioned as they may appear before us from time to time.
When we consider the general arrangement of the different tissues of the eye and its coverings, we are not astonished at observing the marked impression made upon the temperature of the different parts of the eye by the application of heat or cold, and we quite
POOLE WH. OBSERVATIONS ON WHEN TO APPLY HEAT AND COLD IN EYE TREATMENT. JAMA. 1898;XXX(20):1152–1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440720016001c
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