July 27, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):301-303. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320040013002c

On the basis of ten personal observations, five cases reported to me by colleagues,1 and a review of the literature, I presented to the International Congress at Lisbon in 1906 a paper on the Punctate Forms of Retinitis.2 In this study I came to the conclusion that the term had been and could be applied to several different types of disease, which had in common merely the occurrence of white dots in the fundus but varied in significance and clinical history. These conclusions I can confirm and extend by a further study of some of my patients.

While a pronounced retinitis punctata albescens, as the term is used by Mooren and most of the writers, is a rare disease, the appearance of discrete and usually not numerous white or yellowish-white dots, apparently situated in the retina, is not uncommon. When these white dots are numerous, counting up into

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