May 28, 1892

BURNS OF THE EYES.Read to the Kentucky State Medical Society, at Louisville, May 5, 1892.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Ophthalmology, Otology, and Medical Jurisprudence, in the Hospital College of Medicine, Medical Department of the Central University of Kentucky; Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Louisville City Hospital.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(22):672-673. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411260014001g

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Burns of the eyes are entitled to especial consideration when they affect the conjunctiva or cornea, They should be classified according to cause, and extent, The ophthalmic surgeon seldom sees the patient whose eyes have been burned by caustic alkalies or acids in time to employ chemical antidotes, yet these are too often neglected by those who have the opportunity of seeing such cases at the moment of occurrence.

In order to draw practical conclusions, it will be necessary to enter somewhat into the details of this part of the subject, and, if I inadvertently indulge in some adverse criticism of my peers, who have written authoritatively upon this subject, I beg that my clinical observations be taken as sufficient warrant for the personal conclusions to which I may invite your attention. Professor Noyes (p. 266) directs attention to the especially destructive agency of the fulminate of mercury, used in

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