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August 1947

CYCLOPEAN EYE AND LATERAL PROBOSCIS WITH NORMAL ONE-HALF FACEReport of a Case

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Rudolf Aebli, M.D., Director, and the Department of Pathology, Maurice Richter, M.D., Director, of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital and Columbia University.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(2):159-173. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010164003
Abstract

PRELIMINARY reports of this case were made in previous issues of the Archives.1 At the time of its presentation the question was raised whether unilateral cyclopia, or three eyes in a single person, could be satisfactorily explained.

The literature contains many reports of cyclopean "monsters" but few cases of lateral proboscis, and these have excited less interest. We have not found described in the available literature a combination of these deformities and a normal one-half face, such as is present in our case.

The older authors, with rare exceptions, were content with anatomic descriptions of the malformations in their cases. As a rule, microscopic studies were not made, and the part played by heredity was ignored. Evolution from the blind belief in the supernatural to a scientific approach to these phenomena has been slow, owing partly to lack of data on family histories, except in a few cases. As

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