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December 21, 1918

FOCAL INFECTIONS OF THE EYE FROM THE INTESTINAL TRACT

JAMA. 1918;71(25):2046-2048. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600510014004
Abstract

During the last few years marked attention has been paid to the consideration of infections of various parts of the body, due to a low-grade chronic infection in other parts, especially in the teeth and the tonsils. A very considerable advance has been made in the treatment of these so-called focal infections by the treatment of the original foci. The number of such cases on record is enormous and is fast increasing, and nowadays with certain infections we look for the primary cause and eradicate it if possible. Among these focal infections are some lesions of the eye that used to be grouped under a general classification, as "rheumatism," etc. We know now that there is probably no such disease as rheumatism per se, but that the symptoms classified as rheumatism are probably manifestations of some focus of infection. The work on focal infections of the eye, due to infections

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