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April 1934


Author Affiliations

San Francisco. Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Radiology), Stanford University Medical School.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;11(4):690-691. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830110108015

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To the Editor:—In connection with the interesting article entitled "Bilateral Glioma Treated by Radium" by Dr. Hans Barkan in the January, 1934, issue of the Archives of OPhthalmology, I should like to submit the following comments. In submitting them, I wish to pay my respects to the thoroughness of Dr. Barkan's survey, but I cannot avoid feeling that he is somewhat biased. In the second paragraph, for example, he makes the statement, "For all the other conditions mentioned they [radium or roentgen rays] are of little or no value," yet there are many reports in the literature of satisfactory results from roentgen treatment of blepharitis, hordeolum, eczema of the lid and angioma.

In the next paragraph, Dr. Barkan makes the statement, "The first method is that of enucleation with subsequent irradiation." It is generally admitted now that adequate antecedent or preoperative irradiation is much better than postoperative

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