For many months I have been engaged in the collation of the histories of all of the recorded cases of every form of so-termed "sympathetic disease"1 that had been treated in the dispensary and indoor services of Wills Hospital in Philadelphia since its opening, a period embracing more than seventy years.
During these studies—in which I received excellent help from three of my personal assistants2—I soon realized that in spite of a vast yearly increase of the work done at the hospital and a broader and earlier recognition of the condition, there was a decided lessening in the number of cases, and a much less degree of fatality among those which had been treated than in former years. These findings seemed so important that I instantly chose the preventive phase of the disease as worthy to be the subject of this paper.
The many desultory, and at times uncertain, cases
OLIVER CA. THE PREVENTIVE TREATMENT OF TRANSFERRED OPHTHALMITIS.(SO-CALLED SYMPATHETIC OPHTHALMIA.). JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):299-301. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320040011002b