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February 27, 1932

PRACTICAL POINTS IN OPHTHALMIC PRACTICE: A STUDY OF RECENT FOOD RESEARCHES

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MINNEAPOLIS

JAMA. 1932;98(9):726-730. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730350040009
Abstract

Since early times, the existence of a relationship between diet and certain diseases of the eye has been recognized. Early Egyptian literature tells of people living on special diets, seeing poorly at twilight, and the cure of this hemeralopia by the feeding of liver.

Egypt was the greatest grain raising country of antiquity. Grass grazing land, cattle and dairy products were scarce. These conditions have continued and may be responsible for much of the eye disease existing in Egypt today.

EFFECT OF FAULTY DIET ON THE EYE  Chow1 states that one of the most constant signs of a food deficiency is a pigmentation of the conjunctiva with reduction of the light sense to half normal or less and that 65 per cent show the reduction without signs of an avitaminosis as Bitot spots or prexerosis of the cornea. Ejler Holm2 has shown that the retina is rich in

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