Two examples are cited to show that the natural healing factor, rest, must not be overlooked in the operative treatment for detachment. Rest alone can exceptionally produce recovery.
The important factor in the operative treatment for detachment of the retina today is closure of the retinal hole.
HISTORY OF THE RETINAL TEAR AND OF ITS OPERATIVE CLOSURE
Writers have generally overlooked important points in the history of the retinal hole. With the help of my assistant, Dr. Latte, I am able to present definite dates in the history of the retinal tear and of its operative closure.
Who was the first to see a retinal tear? Coccius,1 in 1853. He was a very careful observer and made other remarkable investigations. The next was A. von Graefe,2 who, however, regarded the tear as a part of the healing process, until Hansen3 in 1871 and Schweigger4 in 1873
VOGT A. OPERATIVE TREATMENT OF DETACHMENT OF THE RETINA: ABSTRACT OF THE OFFICIAL REVIEW PRESENTED BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL OPHTHALMOLOGICAL CONGRESS, MADRID, SPAIN, APRIL 18, 1933. Arch Ophthalmol. 1933;10(3):293–297. doi:10.1001/archopht.1933.00830040009001
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