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April 1930

High Frequency Therapy in Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;3(4):498-499. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810060116015

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This book is one of a recent French series of practical handbooks. The authors, after discussing the theory and technic of medical and surgical diathermy, fulguration and the medical use of high tension currents, consider the various ocular diseases in which these methods are of service, with the indications for the particular kinds of treatment which they recommend. Their judgment is based on a large experience in the Paris hospitals, especially the Hotel Dieu under Professor Terrien. The relatively simple apparatus required, including the few special instruments necessary for ophthalmologic practice, is described. The current must be much weaker than that used in ordinary diathermy, usually below 500 milliamperes ; hence a special milliamperometer is required.

The authors believe that an attempt to use diathermy for intra-ocular conditions is dangerous, and have confined their work to conditions of the lids, conjunctiva and cornea. In medical diathermy, the small active electrode is

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