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March 15, 1947

Ocular Prosthesis

JAMA. 1947;133(11):807-808. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880110073031

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The author, a sight testing optician in Great Britain, corresponding to an optometrist in this country, presents an interesting little book on the artificial eye. When he sticks to the subject of making and fitting artificial eyes his words are perhaps authoritative. Unfortunately, like so many other nonmedical practitioners, when he enters the realms of anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and treatment many of his statements are misleading. He seems unable to resist mentioning, lightly to be sure, clinical syndromes, using as one of his authorities Haskel J. Kritzer, whose system of "Iridiagnosis" is without scientific standing. The treatment Prince advocates for gonorrheal conjunctivitis, who states that "it can be minimized by the use of an undine and one in five thousand solution of perchloride" is criminal in the light of present knowledge. He names papillitis as one of the diseases calling for enucleation, and his statement that "scars [of the conjunctiva]

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