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September 3, 1887

A CASE OF EPILEPSY APPARENTLY CURED BY CORRECTION OF HYPERMETROPIA AND RELIEF OF CILIARY SPASMS.Read in the Section on Ophthalmology, Otology and Laryngology, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

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JAMA. 1887;IX(10):300-303. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400090012002a

I am led to report the following case not for the purpose of advocating any theory, but by a sense of duty to record a fact that may add to the statistical data to which appeal must be made in settling the question as to how important a part, eye-strain plays in the etiology of nervous affections. This subject has been a mooted one for several years, by some condemned as of little importance, but by its originators and supporters pressed as one of the most important factors in the production of various nervous diseases, even as frequent cause in the production and maintenance of epilepsy and insanity, the most exalted manifestations of nervous disturbance, and the least curable by medication. Believing, with Hoffman, that there is no escape from the labyrinth of doubt created by controversy, except by carefully and diligently consulting the records of cases, I have concluded