ALL HISTORICAL cultures had given attention to abnormal conditions of the eye, to a greater or lesser degree. Increasing research in the field of archeology will undoubtedly show this to be true, and so it is not surprising to find that attempts to relieve the discomfort attendant on suppuration of the tear sac and the accompanying tearing date back to remote antiquity.Of the many historical cultures, this paper is concerned only with the Greek, Arabian and Western. They, in turn, originated or borrowed ideas and technics from their neighbors or predecessors. The mark of a culture is not the fact that it borrowed a technic but what it did with it and how it developed the technic until it reached its ultimate perfection.The Greek and Arabian cultures attacked the problem externally, because of their lack of intimate knowledge of the inner topography of the nose. The
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