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March 19, 1910

ABSENCE OF IRITIS AND CHOROIDITIS AMONG SYPHILITICS WHO HAVE BECOME TABETIC

JAMA. 1910;LIV(12):933-934. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550380001001d
Abstract

In the past ten years I have examined the eyes of sixty-one patients where the diagnosis of tabes had been or was subsequently made. In many of these cases, although a previous history of syphilis was strongly suspected, the most careful scrutiny failed to elicit such infection. In examining the eyes of tabetics, bearing in mind the extreme difficulty of obtaining a syphilitic history, I have always searched for the corroborative evidences of a previous syphilitic infection, such as traces of choroiditis, old iritis or chorio-retinitis.

With increasing numbers of tabetics examined, it has been a constant source of wonder to me that, even though syphilis had been a part of the antecedent history of the vast majority of them, I have never been able in any of these cases to find traces of syphilis in the eyes.

Moreover, looking at the matter from another standpoint, I

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