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February 1941


Arch Ophthalmol. 1941;25(2):357. doi:10.1001/archopht.1941.00870080181019

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To the Editor:  —In the December 1940 issue of the Archives (24: 1256 [Dec.] 1940) is a clinical note entitled "A Simple Method of Treating Dacryocystitis in the Newborn" by Archimede Busacca.For many years I have probed the tear drainage apparatus in Children with this condition, being certain that the probe gets into the nose and that it is not covered with mucous membrane. I have never seen this method fail, and I very rarely found more than one probing necessary. I doubt very much the advisability of injecting a fluid into the lacrimal sac with as much pressure as possible.Several years ago this multiple flushing was described at a meeting of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Section of the Illinois State Medical Society (I cannot remember by whom). I well remember that Dr. Harry Woodruff, of Joliet, Ill., and I discussed the presentation and that his

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