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October 1937


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(4):501-509. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850100013001

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The surgical treatment of detachment of the retina is undoubtedly the most interesting subject in ophthalmology today. It is to Gonin, the celebrated professor in Lausanne, that ophthalmologists owe the discovery of this treatment. He studied the condition for many years, and eventually his efforts were crowned with success. The importance of Gonin's discovery is enormous. The fact that about 20 per cent of the adult blind lose their vision through detachment of the retina, that this number was formerly practically incurable and that now through operation the trouble can be cured in the great majority of cases surely confirms the importance of the new treatment. I cannot speak of this subject without offering homage to this investigator, who, unfortunately, died two years ago.

Gonin was learned, sincere and good. Learned because he arrived at his discoveries not by hazard but as the result of prolonged study and many

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