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August 29, 1896

HYGIENE OF THE EYE.

Author Affiliations

Physician in Charge of Eye Department, Eastern Dispensary; Ophthalmologist and Otologist to Sibley Memorial Hospital; Assistant in Eye and Ear Department of Central Dispensary and Emergency Hospital, and Instructor in Ophthalmology and Otology, Georgetown Medical College. WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):484-487. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870032001n

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Abstract

The many cases seen in private and hospital work, which earlier could have been more effectively treated, if not entirely cured or corrected, and the earnest desire to obtain the coöperation of the general physician is my only excuse for bringing this subject before this society. As a rule, healthy parents beget healthy offspring; therefore, that the eyes may be free from disease and have perfect vision, the parents should live such lives as will conduce to health, that their children may be perfect physically and mentally; there should be legislation preventing marriage and intermarriage between those suffering from disease that may be transmitted to their children. The disastrous effect upon the eyes by syphilitic heredity is well known, also that of consanguinous marriages; in the first class we find various inflammatory conditions of retina, choroid and cornea; in the latter class we frequently find retinitis pigmentosa and sequelæ. One

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