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Lorimer Fison

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1441

An innovator in retinal detachment surgery

Until the 1950s, retinal detachment was one of the most feared of all eye complaints. Without surgery, most patients lost their sight and, even with the most up to date operation, only half, at best, maintained useful vision. Lorimer Fison was the first to introduce the revolutionary new procedure from the United States that became the foundation of retinal surgery for the next three decades. His contribution was not just the introductionof new techniques but also the …

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