The phenomenon of scintillating scotoma is well known, though it is not always described in the text-books on diseases of the eye. My interest in this affection dates back many years, when I became more intimately acquainted with it through personal experience. Since then I have talked with many physicians, and especially ophthalmologists, who also had knowledge of it from personal experience, and what I have thus gathered is recorded here. It should be of particular interest to the general practitioner because patients suffering from this disturbance for the first time are greatly alarmed and apply to their family physician for relief. This condition was first described, so far as I know, in a dissertation by Vater and Heinecke,1 in 1723. Since then many men eminent in medicine and in the natural sciences have described this condition as they have observed it. Various names have been
KIPP CJ. THE SCINTILLATING SCOTOMA OR TRANSIENT FUNCTIONAL HEMIOPIA. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(16):1262–1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500430026001e
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