Having seen ten cases of this affection in my ophthalmic practice, I have thought it well to report them to this Society, with illustrations, by means of the magic lantern, of the appearance of the fundus oculi, with its changes, as distinguished from the normal eye. The ophthalmoscope in the diagnosis of diseases of the kidney I regard as an extremely important instrument. In five of the ten cases I have seen, no disease of the kidneys had been suspected by the family physicians, although they were all thoroughly well-informed practitioners.
Case 1.—While examining school children in New York to see the effect of study on their eyes, one of them, whose vision was 20/20 or perfect, had the most marked neuro-retinitis albuminurica I ever saw. His physician, one of the leading men in New York, had never suspected kidney trouble; on examining the scholars two years later, he had
CHEATHAM W. NEURO-RETINITIS ALBUMINURICA. JAMA. 1885;V(6):150–151. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391050010001c
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