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February 16, 1895

Relations of Diseases of the Eye to General Diseases.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(7):254. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430070030012

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The doctrine of mutual interdependence taught by the fable of the belly and the members, was taught by what was apparently thought at the time a self-evident physiologic fact. Yet there is little doubt but the practitioner who palpates the abdomen, and searches the test meal carefully, usually forgets that the patient has any eyes, and the ophthalmologist as blindly ignores the fact that his patient has any stomach or any nervous system beyond the optic nerve. To be the mutual friend and Mentor, and perhaps referee between various specialists and the general physician and general surgeon is the object of this book, and it would seem on examination as if every possible connection between abnormality of the eyes, and injuries and diseases of the remainder of the body, was enumerated in its proper order. The book is not one to sit down and read from " title page to colophon"

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