Jewish Scientist Reports Discovery in Field of Ophthalmology

A clue toward achieving more successes in corneal transplants on the blind may be found in a new and improved method of studying keratocytes, the tiny cells of the cornea, it was suggested today at the Seventeenth International Congress of Ophthalmology by Dr. Jose Sverdlick of Buenos Aires, one of Argentine’s leading scientists, who is active in Jewish affairs in his country.

The assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine reported that he had achieved “remarkable microphotographic pictures” of the corneal cells, which cannot be stained with ordinary dyes. He said he used a variation of the silver impregnation method developed by the late Dr. Del Rio Hortega, director of the Cancer Institute of Research, Madrid.

In a second scientific report to the Congress, Dr. Sverdlick told more than 1,000 eye specialists from 24 countries that he found the retinas in the eyes of deep water fish off Argentina’s Atlantic coast equipped with double and twin cones and multiple rods to penetrate the darkness of the ocean depths. He explained that this extra vision apparatus was in sharp contrast to fish living near the surface.

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