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August 1944


Arch Ophthalmol. 1944;32(2):128-132. doi:10.1001/archopht.1944.00890080058011

"Like the eyes are not to be treated without the skull and the skull is not to be treated without the entire body, the body is not to be treated without the soul. The Greek physicians fail to cure many diseases because they ignore the entire entity of man. If the entire body does not feel good, a part of it cannot be improved."

—Plato, Charmides 156 E.

It is generally agreed that the clinical signs of acute "inflammatory" glaucoma are caused by increased intraocular pressure (Fuchs1). Treatment is directed, in accordance with this classic teaching, toward lowering the tension, in order to avoid damage to the tissues of the eyeball, particularly to the optic nerve. The cause and the mechanism of the increased tension are still unexplained. In an earlier paper2 I expressed the view that the pathologic hardening of the eyeball with glaucoma is analogous to

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