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Professor Meller, in the preface of Dr. Safar's monograph, speaks of the importance of Gonin's teaching that closure of the retinal tear is essential for the recovery of the detachment, and then traces the development of the diathermic treatment by the contributions of Larsson, Weve and Safar. Meller is convinced of the great value of this procedure and of its safety to the eye.
The author begins with a consideration of the causes of detachment of the retina. He believes that in most cases the cause is a tear in the retina which permits the entrance of vitreous fluid underneath the retina, resulting in retinal detachment. Sometimes as late results of injuries detachments develop from the contraction of cicatricial scars in the retina, along its inner surface or in the vitreous, which then lead to a rupture and the exit of the vitreous fluid. These contracting bands
K A. Behandlung der Netzhautabhebung mit multipler diathermischer Stichelung. Arch Ophthalmol. 1933;9(4):688–691. doi:10.1001/archopht.1933.00830010710018
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