All those who have busied themselves with the surgery of the lachrymal passages must be aware that surgeons have not agreed upon a satisfactory method for the treatment of stricture of the lachrymal duct. With respect to the possibility of radical cure, the attitude of many is one of discouragement, perhaps even of disgust. Of all procedures in use, none is so generally employed as dilation by probes. But the length of time which this method of treatment requires, the amount of trouble it involves, together with the uncertainty of permanent good results, all of which its adherents admit, make it very desirable that some more effective procedure be adopted.
Influenced by the results obtained by French surgeons in internal urethrotomy,
THOMAS CH. AN OPERATION FOR THE RADICAL CURE OF STRICTURE OF THE LACHRYMAL DUCT, WITH DESCRIPTION OF A STRICTUROTOME. 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(11):307–311. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420110011001e
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