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This operation, which is so valuable in many cases, seems to have been abandoned by some ophthalmic surgeons, without sufficient cause. That accidents follow any operation, even the most simple, is an every day occurrence; and in the nature of things must be occasionally looked for. Under careful manipulation, which every surgeon is expected to exercise, failures should become more rare, and therefore should be very seldom met with. Simple nerve section, as a surgical procedure is not always a radical method of relieving pain. Even when a considerable portion of a nerve has been excised, sensation has been in time regained, with a return of the suffering for which the operation had been undertaken. To this experience the ciliary nerves are not exempt; and yet they possess so many peculiar advantages for a successful section. Their location, so easy of access; their isolated surroundings; the small extent of incision
CHISOLM JJ. RESECTION OF THE OPTICO-CILIARY NERVES. Read in the Section on Ophthalmology at the Forty-third Annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(11):315–317. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420110019001h
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