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As several of my confrères have never seen a secondary syphilitic lesion of the conjunctiva, and since, until recently, no case has come under my own observation, the disease seems sufficiently rare to demand that every instance of it be put on record.
Before reporting our own case, we will take a glance at the literature of the subject, to illustrate the infrequency and the nature of syphilitic disease of the conjunctiva (especially secondary lesions) and will refer chiefly to Bull's excellent resumé in 1878, and to writings indicated under the head of "Diseases of the Conjunctiva" in the "Index Medicus" from its first issue (1879) to date.
The following is taken from a paper by Charles Stedman Bull, M.D., in American Journal Medical Sciences, October, 1878:
"Syphilitic lesions of the conjunctiva, existing independently, and not connected with lesions of the eyelid on the one hand, or the eyeball on
COLEMAN WF. A CASE OF PAPULAR SYPHILIDE OF THE CONJUNCTIVA. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(15):548–549. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430150018002d
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