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July 1970


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(1):128. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040130030

To the Editor.  —The interesting report entitled "True Exfoliation of the Lens Capsule" by Burde et al in the November 1969 issue of the Archives (82:651-653) evoked nostalgic memories. It was in Prague in Elschnig's German Eyeclinic1 of the Karl-Ferdinand University, when, in October 1922, two glassblowers happened to be examined as outpatients, that as the first resident, I knocked on the door of the office of the director of the clinic, saying: "Herr Professor, there are two glassblowers at the corneal microscope showing an unusual glittering something on the anterior lens capsule." Elschnig looked at the eyes and concluded: "You saw a new thing, most probably a break in the zonula lamella of the anterior lens capsule; present these patients at the next meeting of our Medical Society." This I did in the evening of Oct 27, 1922, and the chief published the new phenomenon in the December

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