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July 19, 1890

FUNCTIONAL NERVOUS DISEASES OF REFLEX ORIGIN.Read in the Section of Ophthalmology at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Nashville, Tenn., May 21, 1890.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF OPHTHALMOLOGY IN THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF THE WOOSTER UNIVERSITY, CLEVELAND, O.

JAMA. 1890;XV(3):96-101. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410290016001c
Abstract

If one-half that is claimed by Dr. George T. Stevens be true,—viz.: That nearly all headaches, neuralgias, almost all cases of chorea, and 50 per cent. of all cases of epilepsy are due to incoördination of muscles of the eyeball, the subject is one of momentous importance to every general practitioner of medicine, as well as to the surgeon and specialist. That there is a grain of truth in his observations, I have no doubt, but it cannot be separated from the chaff by positive declarations pro and con, without first being investigated by impartial, unprejudiced careful scientific observers.

The position Dr. Stevens occupies in New York is an anomalous one; if I am correctly informed he went there a comparative stranger, a few years since, from Albany where he enjoyed a fair, local special practice. Although he had been a regular contributor to the medical

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