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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 14, 1999

SEEING CAPILLARY CIRCULATION IN ONE'S OWN RETINA.*

JAMA. 1999;282(2):116R. doi:10.1001/jama.282.2.116

BY C. E. NORTON, M.D.
LEWISTON, ME.

This paper is presented to the Association for three reasons: 1, the subject has a scientific interest; 2, it has a practical bearing; and 3, I have presented it for a personal reason. I have written a short note on this subject before1. On reading this note some oculists and other scientific men have expressed the opinion that the phenomena seen are not due to the capillary circulation, but are due to muscæ volitantes. Believing, as I do, that it is possible to see the corpuscles of the blood moving in the capillaries of the retina and that these corcupsles are not the same as muscæ volitantes, nor should they receive the same name if we wish to preserve scientific accuracy in our nomenclature, I have written this paper, in which I endeavor to demonstrate the accuracy of my belief.

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