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March 24, 1906

EYE-STRAIN AS A CAUSE OF DISEASES OF THE DIGESTIVE ORGANS.

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(12):847-851. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510390005001a
Abstract

Before the Section on Practice of Medicine of the American Medical Association,1 in 1905, the then president of the association, the professor of medicine in the medical department of an old university, read these words:

NONGASTRIC ORGANIC DISEASES PRESENTING GASTRIC SYMPTOMS. 

The Eyes.  —The subject is familiar to all. Who has not seen correction of errors of refraction relieve so-called "bilious attacks," periodical vomiting, anorexia, indigestion and other gastric symptoms? The cure of grave organic ocular defects relieves similar gastric conditions.A good-sized book, with no superfluous word, might be written concerning this astonishing admission, for: 1. Every statement made is true. 2. Every statement made is untrue. 3. Its significance is wholly unrecognized and far-reaching. 4. The history and due creditgiving are unjustly ignored.1. Supposing that the thing intended to be said is really said, we have here an authoritative assent and reaffirmation of the truth that

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