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February 28, 1925

THE MENACE OF POORLY FITTED SPECTACLES IN OLD PERSONS

Author Affiliations

NEW HAVEN, CONN.
From the Section of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine and the Surgical Clinic of the New Haven Hospital.

JAMA. 1925;84(9):666-668. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660350030007
Abstract

Although it has been known for many years that chronic irritation plays a part in the localization of malignancy, little attention has been called to the mechanical injury caused by spectacles. Herz,1 indeed, did report a basal cell cancer of the nose apparently due to the constant rubbing of glasses, and raised the question as to the frequency of such a finding. Three other writers have incidentally mentioned spectacles as the probable agent responsible for some of the cancers in their series of cases. Thus, Sweitzer2 thought that this accounted for the etiology in one of his patients; Hazen3 referred to six, and Sutton4 to five other patients who had trauma from this cause as the evident stimulus. No additional reports have been encountered, although perhaps some have been overlooked.

It seems to me that there must be many more such cases not recorded, as four

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