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The first instance in which a correct diagnosis of embolism of the central artery of the retina was made by the use of the ophthalmoscope was the classic case seen by that pioneer in ophthalmology, Von Graefe, in 1858, and described by Schweigger a few years later.
While there is a general agreement among ophthalmologists as to the phenomena of complete embolic obstruction of the central artery, the relatively rare instances in which a portion of the retina has retained its vascular supply and continued to perform its functions have been the subject of some differences of opinion among careful observers, and this fact would seem to warrant us in bringing to the attention of the profession such cases as may come within the range of our experience.
—On Jan. 12, 1896, I was consulted by Mrs. C. E., aged 51 years, who was referred to me by
CLARK CF. EMBOLISM OF THE CENTRAL ARTERY OF THE RETINA. JAMA. 1898;XXX(5):251–254. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440570019001j
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