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August 6, 1910

CONCOMITANT SQUINT WITH SOME REMARKS ON ITS ETIOLOGY AND TREATMENT

Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of the Eye, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital NEW YORK

JAMA. 1910;55(6):481-488. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330060033010
Abstract

The etiology of concomitant squint was but ill understood until Donders' masterly work on accommodation and refraction of the eye was published in 1864. Many fanciful theories and guesses were advanced to account for the "evil eye," as the Italians called it, some even attributing the affection to the agency of the evil one, as the name "evil eye" implies; while others gave such causes as sucking of fingers, looking at the tip of the nose, or at a curl at the side of the head, imitating the cross-eye of a companion, etc. Such etiologic factors as the above were advanced by the laity, who then, as now, were only too ready to give explanations of things not understood. It must be admitted, however, that the members of the "learned profession" were able to give but little better explanation as to the cause of squint; hence the professional advice as to

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