The pilocarpin sweat is by no means new in the treatment of diseases of the eye. About 1877-78 we first find mention made of its having been successfully used in various inflammatory affections of the interior of the eyeball. Since that date the literature of the subject is quite extensive. Several authorities, among whom may be mentioned De Wecker and De Grandmont, early recommended its use for the absorption of opacities in the vitreous and of inflammatory products in the choroid. During the succeeding years we find a number of articles contributed by men of good repute who speak highly of the use of the drug, not only in the diseases of the uveal tract, but in detachment of the retina and in optic neuritis and reports of cases in which marked benefit has been derived from its use. While in some cases the pilocarpin was given by the mouth,
WOODRUFF TA. THE TREATMENT OF CERTAIN NON-SPECIFIC LESIONS OF THE UVEAL TRACT WITH PILOCARPIN AND SWEAT BATHS. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):823–825. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480400017001e
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