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September 1934

EARLY RECOGNITION OF SIMPLE NONINFLAMMATORY GLAUCOMA

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;12(3):407-418. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830160111013
Abstract

To approach the much discussed subject of glaucoma without throwing more light on this problem, one is likely to invite criticism for apparently idle and aimless writing. After scanning the literature, few fail to realize that the curricula of the medical schools, many works on the subject of glaucoma and the literature at large devote a place of honor to the dramatic phase of glaucoma, namely, the acute inflammatory variety, while the limelight is denied to the simple noncongestive type, an insidious disease which gradually robs the patient of vision until he sinks into blindness. This is eloquently reflected in the figures of Magnus,1 who claimed that "from one fourth to one third of all blindness after 45 years of age is due to glaucoma. Expressed in age groups, from 30 to 45 years, glaucoma ranks third of all cases of blindness or 11.61 per cent; from

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