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Ingenious healing

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 16 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1048

In 1627 Wilhelm Fabricus, called Hildanus (from Hilden, near Köln, 1560-1634) documented the first case of an iron splinter being extracted from a patient's eye chamber. The following is a translation of the physician's original Latin description, titled, “Of a slap splinter stuck in the cornea and its ingenious healing.”

“A certain farmer from the valley St. Michelis, as they call it, near the Lake of Bienne, named Benedictus Barquin, bought steel from the trader, wanted to choose the best, and therefore beat, …

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