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May 1951


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1 Monument Square Beverly, Mass.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(5):571. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010583010

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In view of the current widespread interest in the procedure of stellate ganglion block as a therapeutic procedure in cerebrovascular accidents, it is thought that the following case may be of interest.

Mr. G. J., a machinist, aged 56, awoke Feb. 1, 1951 and discovered he had great difficulty in reading. He could see the letters but could not follow them across a line to read even a short word. He had a history of three coronary occlusions during the preceding four years and had had an occlusion of the central retinal vein of the right eye with hemorrhagic glaucoma five years previously. The latter condition had been treated with diathermy to the globe, and he had retained a good field of vision, although the central acuity was reduced to 4/200.

The night before his present difficulty began, he had been reading for about an hour and had experienced a

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