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December 26, 1885

CONJUNCTIVITIS DEPENDENT UPON DISEASE OF THE INTRA-NASAL TISSUES.

JAMA. 1885;V(26):714-715. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391250014010

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir.  In connection with the references to the above subject in The Journal for Nov. 14, p. 538, and Dec. 12, p. 672, permit me to call attention, without comment, to the following passage taken from a paper read by your correspondent April 28, 1883, before the Medico-Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland (vide Trans., p. 274): "The inflammation of the conjunctivæ which is so often observed in connection with nasal catarrh is generally explained by the extension of the inflammation process through the nasal duct; but I am inclined to regard it in the majority of instances, as a reflex vaso-motor phenomenon, the vessel dilatation being kept up by the constant irritation of the sensitive nasal area. In like manner I would explain the recurrent herpes and keratis which have been observed in connection with this disease, the phenomena in these cases being called

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