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February 1959


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University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (19).

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(2):334. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090336019

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To the Editor:  —Having read the important paper about "Corneal Donor Selection by Blood Type," by Havener, Stine, and Weiss, A. M. A. Arch. Ophth. 60:443-447 (Sept.) 1958, I thought it might be of interest to mention that the first to consider the possible connection between results of corneal transplantation and blood type was Anton Elschnig (Prag. med. Wchnschr. 39:37-39, 1914). He suggested that in my report about 49 corneal transplantations performed by him between 1908 and 1917 this question be considered (von Graefes Arch. Ophth. 99: 349, 1919). At that time we considered the results of this particular study inconclusive. However, the patient who showed a clear transplant during an observation period of more than four years had blood type compatible with that of the donor, well in accord with the results reported by Havener and associates.

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