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April 1951

Vernal Conjunctivitis

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(4):505-506. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010515020

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Abstract

Dr. Beigelman's monograph on vernal conjunctivitis is an extensive critical review of the literature, evaluated on the basis of the author's experience with 236 cases of vernal conjunctivitis. Beginning with a discussion of nomenclature, the history of the disease is presented in three periods. The first period begins with Arlt's remarks in 1846 and extends to Brockhaus' presentation of his and Saemisch's contribution in 1872. The second period extends to the time Axenfeld presented his critical review of all work on vernal conjunctivitis before the twenty-fourth conference of the French Ophthalmological Society in 1907, and the third period extends to the present time. Perhaps Beigelman's critical review will mark the end of the third period. In the first period the disease was established as a clinical entity by Arlt, Desmarres and von Graefe. Saemisch recognized the periodicity of the disease, which he called spring catarrh. In the second period the

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