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September 20, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(12):684-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480380020002a

The form of uveitis I propose to consider is choroidocyclitis. The cases, with two exceptions, were seen in private practice. They divide themselves naturally into those with and without descemetitis. This was found in twenty of my thirty-seven cases: two of serous iritis and eighteen of choroiditis with descemititis. The closest description I have found in text-books of this form of choroiditis is by A. Hill Griffith in Norris' and Oliver's "System." Under the heading "Anomalous Forms" he describes a "Choroiditis with Descemetitis." He had seen forty or fifty cases, chiefly in young women. His explanation of the descemetitis is: "The dots on Descemet's membrane are formed in the choroid, set free in the vitreous and carried by the nutrient currents of the eye to be deposited on the back of the cornea, which view necessitates the permeability of the suspensory ligament by solid particles."

As to causation, syphilis was

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