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December 30, 1933


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From the Medical Clinic of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

JAMA. 1933;101(27):2117-2118. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27430520002009a

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Although this case is not of widespread interest to the community at large, it does concern those who use extensively art gum erasers, such as artists, art students, architects and masseurs.

A woman, aged 25, normal with the exception of a defect of vision which is corrected by wearing glasses, daily used a binocular microscope for from one to five hours a day without eyestrain. Recently she began to draw from the microscopic field for several hours at night and often for all day on Sunday.

After a short time the patient noticed a persistent itching of the eyes and edema of the eyelids, which could be relieved temporarily by rubbing the eyes with her hands. Later on, even when she did not touch the drawing materials for several days, the swelling and redness of the eyelids would persist and there was a marked increase of the symptoms whenever the

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