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February 9, 1907

AUTOINTOXICATION IN RELATION TO THE EYE.

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(6):502-506. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220320040002i
Abstract

INTRODUCTION.  Observers differ, often widely, in their conception of autointoxication; hence it is necessary first to describe, briefly at least, what is included in the term in so far as the present contribution is concerned.As W. Louis Chapman1 points out, "the variety of definitions given for this state bears testimony to the difficulty of obtaining one which is terse yet comprehensive." The one advocated by Albu2 is as follows: "Autointoxication is a poisoning of the organism by the products of its own metabolism, which may be normal, but accumulated in excessive quantities, or they may be abnormal. Among the latter it is necessary to distinguish between those which are subject to further transposition, and those which are formed not at all or only in slight degree in the healthy organism."Food in its passage from the mouth to the large intestine is subject to complex chemical processes

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