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November 1937

The Ocular Fundus in Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;38(5):1134. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260230232021

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This is a monograph on the fundoscopic findings in health and disease. There are numerous illustrations, over half of which are colored plates—all illustrations being by the author himself. While the plates are of some interest, the text which accompanies them indicates very little understanding of the neurologist's problem in examining the fundi. For example, the subject of choked disk and its relation to increased intracranial pressure, which is discussed together with numerous other causes of "papillitis," is dismissed with a few words, among which may be found statements such as: "Tumors of the brain, inflammatory conditions of the brain or of its meninges, tumors within the orbit, chronic sinusitis, pregnancy, epilepsy, or alcoholism may be complicated by choked disk.... When occurring coincident with meningitis or brain tumors, it is nearly always unilateral." "In papillitis due to increased intracranial pressure, the condition has sometimes been benefited by trephining the skull