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October 31, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(18):1082-1083. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490370024001f

The case of anophthalmos which I am about to report is not detailed for the purpose of deriving great clinical benefit from its consideration, but purely on account of its scientific bearing, and the possibility of throwing some light on the intrauterine disturbances that may cause the development of monstrosities.

Cases of anophthalmos are indeed rare, and cases of pseudoanophthalmos or microophthalmos are seldom enough seen to warrant us in presenting them to this scientific body. Aside from the complete absence of the eyeballs, other congenital deformities associated in this case are worthy of consideration. Then, too, the possibility of the influence of consanguinity in their causation makes it doubly interesting.

This case was brought to my knowledge in the following manner:

Sept. 7, 1894, I was summoned to a neighboring town to see a child about two months of age, which apparently had something wrong with its eyes.

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