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Professor Vogt's treatise on the operative treatment and pathogenesis of detachment of the retina begins with a historical introduction which describes the older methods of treating retinal detachment up to the time of Gonin's epoch-making discovery of the importance of the retinal hole in the development of retinal detachment and of its closure by operation, with cure of the detachment.
Then follows a survey of the large amount of work on all phases of the problem of detachment, which has followed this discovery of Gonin, such as methods of localization of the hole in the retina and the various operations by ignipuncture, caustic procedures, diathermy, or electrolysis.
Vogt has given up surface coagulation, as the diffuse reaction clouds the picture in the fundus, so that a small remaining hole cannot be found at later operations. He prefers to treat only the opening in the retina and its immediate surroundings, thus
Knapp A. Die operative Therapie und die Pathogenese der Netzhautablösung. Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;16(6):1070–1072. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840240170020
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