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November 1933

Third Report of the Miners' Nystagmus Committee.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;30(5):1185-1188. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240170237019

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This is the third of three reports from the Medical Research Council, published on the recommendation of the Committee on Miners' Nystagmus. The two previous reports appeared in 1922 and 1923, respectively. The Committee on Miners' Nystagmus consisted of Prof. M. Greenwood, chairman, Prof. E. L. Collis, Millais Culpin, J. S. Haldane, L. Isserlis, T. L. Llewellyn, Sir John H. Parsons and Air Vice-Marshal Sir David Munro, secretary.

The principle finding of the earlier committee was that the chief symptom of miners' nystagmus, namely, the involuntary oscillation of the eyeballs, was caused by an insufficiency of light reaching the eye of the miner while at work. It was assumed that the most important of the measures of prevention was to secure adequate illumination for the miner while at work. The present committee, in this third report, reaffirms in the strongest terms both this scientific conclusion, and its practical corollary.


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