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May 1960

Carl Wedl: Histopathology of the Eye in the Nineteenth Century

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Los Angeles

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1960;63(5):756-760. doi:10.1001/archopht.1960.00950020758002

One hundred years ago in Austria, histopathology of the eye had a noteworthy representative in Carl Wedl.1 His eminence in nineteenth century pathologic research, his comprehensive publications in the field of ophthalmology, are landmarks in medical history. Of the many publications * of Wedl, whose name seems to have faded into the indifferent past, the following ophthalmological items listed in chronological order merit attention.

In 1851, his work "Concerning the Resultant Blood Stasis in the Ciliary Vessels Immediately Following the Evacuation of the Aqueous Humor" appeared.2 In 1856, he reported "Investigation of an Opaque Crystalline Lens."3 The following year he wrote "About Fat Formation of the Cornea, Sclera, Choroid, etc.,"4 followed soon by "Opaqueness and Pigmentation of the Lens Because of a Penetrating Fragment of Iron,"5 in conjunction with Ferdinand von Arlt.

In 1858, he recorded his findings "About Anterior Capsulolenticular Cataract,"6 and 1861 saw

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