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February 27, 1909

A Study of the Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Gonorrhea, with Reports of Cases of this Nature.

JAMA. 1909;LII(9):717-718. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540350043017

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The advanced conception of systemic gonorrhea is related to the eye in two ways: 1. While the urethra is commonly the port of entry for the gonococci, it has been shown that the conjunctiva may also serve as a point at which these organisms enter the system. 2. By metastasis the eye may be the seat of gonorrheal affections. Byers has searched the literature to gather all that has been written on the subject of gonorrheal ocular metastases and to sift the good from this material. He has added a number of cases of his own. He confesses to a certain element of disappointment at not being able to reconcile completely the conflicting opinions. He has, however, pointed out some errors and has reached conclusions which, he believes will eventually prove to be correct. The chief of these are as follows: Systemic gonorrhea most commonly follows infection of the posterior

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