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April 4, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(14):1091-1095. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310400003002

It would seem that very little remains to be said concerning the treatment of a disease so long recognized and so frequently encountered as iritis, but for those reasons the discussion should be sufficiently interesting and profitable to justify our Chairman in providing such a paper.

The varieties of iritis can be dismissed in a few words. The most useful classification is that based on the cause, which will be duly considered in this paper. As regards the local clinical manifestations, we may regard all iritis, from the point of view of treatment, as forms of plastic iritis, differing only in degree.

The object of the treatment of iritis may be stated, in the words of Brailey and Stevenson, as threefold:

1, To dilate the pupil; 2, to relieve pain; 3, treat any constitutional condition that may be present as a cause, as well as to attend to the patient's