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October 8, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(15):836. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450150022001i

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In response to an invitation from the Secretary of the Ophthalmologic Section of the American Medical Association, I send the following brief paper, the purpose of which is to present the method I employ for obliterating the lachrymal sac.

During the earlier years of my practice I tried medication, irrigation and large probes, but the percentage of relapses was so great that I finally discontinued endeavoring to preserve the patency and restore drainage in all cases of chronic suppurative dacryocystitis. For the benefit of those who conclude, in any given case, to obliterate the lachrymal sac, rather than to attempt any of the various plans offered for the preservation of drainage, I here offer a very simple, and at the same time a very satisfactory method of dealing with this question, which has not disappointed me in its results for several years. My procedure is as follows: Introduce a probe

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