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October 22, 1887

SYMPATHETIC OPHTHALMIA.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(17):516-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400160004001a

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The condition to which the term Sympathetic Ophthalmia is applied is well understood, and while the pure pathologist may object to the term, the clinician must still employ it, until a more scientific one is furnished. Practically, the name is of little importance, but it is of great importance that we separate the differing conditions grouped under the name. For example, ought the so-called sympathetic neuroretinitis and the occasional lesions of the cornea, following disease or injury of the other eye, to be classed with the inflammations of the uveal tract, that make sympathetic ophthalmia so much to be dreaded?

The object of the present paper is to present the results of observation in a considerable number of cases of sympathetic ophthalmia, sympathetic irritation, and incidentally of severe traumatism. My notes cover over 300 cases of traumatism, involving one or more of the tunics of the eye, excluding all cases

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