Medicine: Popeyes Unpopped

There was a time when a patient whose popeyes (exophthalmia) were getting worse (e.g., certain thyroid cases) could get no help from surgery, might go blind or even die. Then in 1931, Dr. H. C. Naffziger began making temporary windows through foreheads and removing some of the bony framework around the back of eye sockets. This made room within the head for swollen eye muscles, let eyes sink into place. He got good results in over three-quarters of his cases.

In the American Journal of Surgery last week, Boston's Dr. James L. Poppen, who has refined the Naffziger technique, reported even...