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To the Editor:
—A recent correspondent (Dr. Charles J. Mehlmann, The Journal, September 24, p. 1078) has called attention to the recommendation of the use of liver in the treatment of hemeralopia (night blindness) in Ernst Fuchs' Lehrbuch der Augenheilkunde (edition 12, 1910, pp. 661-662). The implication is that this represents one of the early recommendations of this type of dietotherapy.It may be of interest to point out that references to a similar procedure are given in Pliny's writings. I am indebted to one of my university colleagues for the following translations from Pliny: He is speaking of she goats:They say, too, that they can see at night just as well as by day, and that in consequence those who are called "night blind" regain their sharpness of sight in twilight if they eat the liver of a she goat.—Nat. Hist. 8: 50 (76) 203.They say that
Yudkin AM. LIVER IN THE TREATMENT OF HEMERALOPIA. JAMA. 1927;89(19):1624. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690190062027