In the present stage of our knowledge of the treatment of trachoma, surgical procedures accompanied by proper local medication, afford the most efficient and most expeditious means of effecting a radical cure. Surgical interference is not a thing of recent date. Scarification more or less extensive, has been resorted to, for many years.
In the beginning of the present century, after the return of the French troops under Napoleon, from Egypt, this disease assumed such importance and was so widely spread throughout Europe that the minds of all medical men were active in the attempt to devise means for its cure. At one time scarification was quite widely employed apparently for the purpose of local depletion in cases where the hypertrophy of the conjunctiva was marked. From 1812 to 1813 bleeding was extensively practiced in England and Germany for the cure of this as well as of almost all other
WEEKS JE. THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF TRACHOMA. Read in the Section of Ophthalmology at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(10):285–290. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420100017001e
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