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January 1967


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Capt, USAF, MC Chief, Ophthalmology Headquarters 855th Medical Group (SAC) Barksdale Air Force Base, La 71110

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;77(1):146. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980020148033

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To the Editor:  I am writing with respect to my recent article entitled "Lipid Analysis of the Human Cornea With and Without Arcus Senilis" which was published in Arch Ophthal76:403-405, 1966. I have subsequently received a copy of a letter addressed to you from J. Stevens Andrews, PhD, in which he accused me of certain inaccuracies in quoting his previous article on the same subject (Arch Ophthal68:264-266, 1962).On page 264 of his article, referring to the data on Table 1, he made the following statements: "These figures substantiate previous histochemical observations suggesting that the lipid associated with arcus senilis consists primarily of sterol ester. Associated increases in neutral glycerides and sterol occur inconsistently, but increases in corneal phospholipids may be directly associated with arcus senilis."In reaching these suppositions, biochemical analyses of corneas from five persons with arcus senilis ranging in age 67-89 were compared

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