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July 1936

Detachment of the Retina; Operative Technique and Treatment.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;16(1):160-161. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840190170021

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This small book does not pretend to discuss the subject of retinal detachment completely. There is no consideration of the pathogenesis or even a description of the various clinical types of detachment. Marshall is wholly concerned with the treatment of detachment by modern operative methods. Four types of procedure are described— the cautery puncture of Gonin, the chemical method of Guist and of Lindner, the method of electrocoagulation of Weve and of Šafář and the use of electrolysis by Vogt and by von Szily. The descriptions include practical details observed by the author in most of the clinics where the procedures were first employed and details noted by him in his own operations.

Preparation for the operation is properly emphasized, the most important part of which is localization of the retinal tear that is usually present. This is mapped out in relation to various landmarks, and its position is recorded

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