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August 1940


Arch Ophthalmol. 1940;24(2):238-246. doi:10.1001/archopht.1940.00870020030003

Tribute in appreciation is respectfully paid to the pioneers and to contemporaries in the work of corneal transplantation. Through their achievements, this operation has been successfully developed to an established entity in the ophthalmologic world. It is important to note that this success has not been confined to any isolated technical procedure or instrumentation but rather to the several known methods which the literature describes. Representative of this are the work of von Hippel,1 Elschnig,2 Filatov,3 Thomas4 and Castroviejo.5 For the many others whose works are worthy contributions, the reader is referred to the treatises of these men and their accompanying bibliographies. While this noteworthy success has been gratifying, the ophthalmic surgeon is not likely to admit that its meridian has been attained. Hopes for additional progress are fundamentally twofold, namely, to obtain a greater percentage of successful operations and to procure a still better