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October 20, 1894

TOXIC AMBLYOPIA.Read by title in the Section on Ophthalmology and Otology, at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at San Francisco, June 5-8, 1894.

Author Affiliations

LECTURER ON OPHTHALMOLOGY AND OTOLOGY IN THE CHICAGO COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS; MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE CHICAGO MEDICAL SOCIETY, AND FELLOW OF THE CHICAGO ACADEMY OF MEDICINE, ETC. CHICAGO, ILL.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(16):603-605. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421210007001c

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Abstract

Accustomed as we are to such precise and accurately descriptive terms in ophthalmology, it is a matter of some surprise that such vague and indefinite ones as amaurosis and amblyopia should have withstood the changes of years and still confront us as we scan the index of every well-arranged ophthalmologic text-book; but we presume that the ophthalmologist feels himself entitled to just as much license as does the author of every treatise upon the principles and practice of medicine, wherein we see an entire chapter devoted to jaundice, which is at best but a symptom of hepatic derangement. Were we to adhere strictly without qualification to the modern definition of amblyopia, we should confine ourselves strictly to those cases of visual perturbation in which there is no dioptric or structural change to account for the defective visual acuity; but in strict accordance with my subject I must depart from such

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