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September 10, 1892

TREATMENT OF KERATOCONUS BY MEANS OF THE GALVANO-CAUTERY AND IRIDECTOMY.Read in the Section of Ophthalmology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(11):313-315. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420110017001g

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My object in presenting this subject is to get more light.

I have been unable to find any literature upon the subject which gives anything encouraging in the way of treatment.

In October, 1890, while a student under Dr. Knapp in the New York Ophthalmic and Aural Institute, it was my fortune to witness him treat a single case, with small central opacity, by paracentesis with the galvano-cautery needle. I did not see or learn of the results in Dr. Knapp's case, but accepted it as theoretically the most likely to give good results, and have tried it in two cases, the results of which I beg to submit for the basis of discussion.

As no definite results are reported, I have nothing with which to compare my results, but trust that they are at least worthy of consideration.

The literature on keratoconus is meager and widely scattered, so that

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