The Value of Iridectomy in the Treatment of Detached Retina—Sparteine—Listerism—Dry Antiseptic Dressings.
Dr. Fano has recently published a paper on the Value of the Iridectomy in the Treatment of Detachment of the Retina. Iridectomy, the author states, acts in two ways in the treatment of this lesion: as an antiphlogistic, as an expedient purely optical. He explains that detachment of the retina is not an idiopathic affection; the production of a serous effusion between the choroid and the retina is the consequence of some circulatory trouble in the vessels of the choroid. The detachment is only the effect of the serous effusion, and this latter is the result as in all cases of œdema and serous effusions, of an obstruction in the venous circulation. In removing a portion of the iris as in iridectomy, a great number of the vessels of the iris are divided, and