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GLAUCOMA, MESSENGER, AND HIPPOCRATES

GLAUCOMA, MESSENGER, AND HIPPOCRATES This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor: In a recent article by Dr. H. K. Messenger (Glaukoma and Glaucoma, Arch Ophthal 71:264-266, 1964), an attempt was made to set straight the origin, meaning, and pronunciation of the word "glaucoma." While the paper contained regrettably few data on which to base the author's rebuke of American ophthalmologists, it propagated historical errors; the correction of a few of them would seem in order.As a general principle, one must recognize the fact that in the evolution of scientific study a word changes its meaning according to the available data which it denotes. To Plato (n 428 bc) the word "atom" had meant something quite different than to Dalton (1808) or our Oppenheimer (1964). Similarly it comes naturally that by "glaucoma" Hippocrates understood a different state of ocular morbidity than we, and one certainly hopes that in 2,000 years hence its meaning will change again. To belittle http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

GLAUCOMA, MESSENGER, AND HIPPOCRATES

Archives of Ophthalmology , Volume 71 (6) – Jun 1, 1964

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1964 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010895020
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor: In a recent article by Dr. H. K. Messenger (Glaukoma and Glaucoma, Arch Ophthal 71:264-266, 1964), an attempt was made to set straight the origin, meaning, and pronunciation of the word "glaucoma." While the paper contained regrettably few data on which to base the author's rebuke of American ophthalmologists, it propagated historical errors; the correction of a few of them would seem in order.As a general principle, one must recognize the fact that in the evolution of scientific study a word changes its meaning according to the available data which it denotes. To Plato (n 428 bc) the word "atom" had meant something quite different than to Dalton (1808) or our Oppenheimer (1964). Similarly it comes naturally that by "glaucoma" Hippocrates understood a different state of ocular morbidity than we, and one certainly hopes that in 2,000 years hence its meaning will change again. To belittle

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Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1964

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