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April 1955


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AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;53(4):615. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930010623026

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To the Editor:  —I have just finished reading the article in the December, 1954, issue of the Archives by Drs. Robert W. Hollenhorst, Henrik J. Svien, and Clair F. Benoit, entitled "Unilateral Blindness Occurring During Anesthesia for Neurosurgical Operations," and it recalled to mind an incident which occurred more than 30 years ago, when I was a resident at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. A lacrimal gland was excised on the service of Dr. Herbert Wootton, and, because of troublesome bleeding, a pressure bandage was applied. When the bandage was removed at the end of 48 hours, the patient remarked that she could not see. Examination of the eyegrounds revealed no apparent abnormality, but as the days went by the patient did not recover her vision, and optic atrophy gradually evolved.In February, 1924, when I was doing some postgraduate work in Vienna, I asked Docent Guist if

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