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October 1944

HEAT AND COLD IN THERAPY OF THE EYES

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO
From the Department of Ophthalmology of Mount Zion Hospital, and the Division of Ophthalmology of Stanford University School of Medicine.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1944;32(4):296-300. doi:10.1001/archopht.1944.00890100054006
Abstract

Heat and cold have been used as therapeutic agents from time immemorial. Although they are universally employed in the treatment of various conditions of the eye, the difficulties and hazards of adapting them to oculotherapy have kept them from earning the popularity they deserve. Essential requirements are that the desired agent be readily obtainable, easily prepared and applicable with minimum discomfort and maximum benefit. To date no satisfactory simple method has been reported in the literature. The purpose of this paper is to present a procedure that has given gratifying results.

HISTORY  Early in the history of medicine, Hippocrates (460 B. C.) wrote: "Diseases of the eye are cured by drinking wine, or by baths, or by fomentation, or by bleeding, or by purifying medicines." These principles were adhered to by his followers until Celsus (25 A. D.) voiced a problem which even today has not been fully solved.Concerning

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