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November 1955


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(5):791. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020797026

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To the Editor:  —In the June, 1955, issue of the Archives, page 865, Dr. William G. Everett reported a new scleral shortening operation consisting in folding the sclera outward and maintaining the fold by mattress sutures in order to shorten the eyeball for the treatment of retinal detachment.In his article Dr. Everett states that since the preparation of his paper he had learned of a similar operation independently developed by me. This statement is correct. At the same time that Dr. Everett was conducting his experimental and clinical studies on animals and human beings, I was also carrying out the same clinical work. His operation, if not identical, has all the basic characteristics of mine, mainly evacuation of subretinal fluid, folding of the sclera outward, maintaining the fold by mattress sutures, and treating the sclera around the fold by diathermoelectrocoagulations.Since Dr. Everett reported his new technique, I have

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