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November 1, 1890

SOME REMARKS ON THE RELIEF OF REMOTE NEUROSES, BY THE RESTORATION OF OCULAR EQUILIBRIUM.

JAMA. 1890;XV(18):640-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410440012001c

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Abstract

The subject of ocular insufficiencies and oversufficiencies appears to be one of those crazes that occasionally strike the medical profession with cyclonic force. Like cyclones, these crazes are unexpected in their attacks and frightfully devastating while they last. Their careers are shortlived, but they leave many aching hearts behind to tell the story of over-credulous patients and over-zealous physicians.

We can learn but little, it is true, without experimentation, but in the name of suffering humanity, there should be some limit placed, beyond which the pitiless drug or knife of the medical man may not leave its mark.

What a multitude of mistakes must be laid to the demon of "reflex" action, who, like a fitful spirit, flits hither and thither in our human anatomy, and ever and anon lays his icy hand upon some one of our organs and claims it for his own. How quickly the

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