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February 28, 1903

TRANSILLUMINATION OF THE NASAL ACCESSORY SINUSES DURING ACUTE CORYZA.

JAMA. 1903;XL(9):559-561. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490090007001b
Abstract

Transillumination of some of the accessory sinuses has been one of the stock tricks of traveling showmen for many years, and in every village where they exhibited a few of the more daring boys learned to make "fire come out of the eyes," and were a decided nuisance with it until something else took up their attention. That a lighted taper held in the closed mouth would, under proper conditions, illuminate the pupils of the eyes has probably been known for many years, but it was not known that the phenomenon was of any practical importance as a means of diagnosis until Voltolini of Breslau published the results of his experiments in 1888. In 1889 Heryng of Warsaw elaborated these experiments and placed transillumination on a practical working basis. Brown Kelly of Glasgow first called attention to the fact that the rays of light entered the eye and could

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