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May 1940

VACUUM MASSAGE OF THE EYEBALL

Author Affiliations

NEW ORLEANS
From the Director, Department of Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1940;23(5):926-929. doi:10.1001/archopht.1940.00860131050004
Abstract

From early times ocular massage has been recognized as producing a favorable effect on diseases of the eye. Grecian records show such a procedure to have been practiced among that people, and Paul of Aegina, the last of the eclectics, commented on its curative value. Massage of the eyes seems not to have originated with the intellectuals, for the savages of Africa and America used it intuitively.

Pagenstecher1 in 1871 published a monograph on massage of the eyes, at which time he reported having obtained "magnificent results" by massage even when other agents failed. Donders1 in 1872 recited his accomplishments with ocular massage before the International Congress of Ophthalmology at London. Heiberg1 in 1874, Just,2 Pedraglia3 in 1880 and Damalix4 in 1881 particularized special disease benefited by massage.

Hoffmann5 is credited by Domec6 with being the first to design an instrument for

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