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January 5, 1901

AMBLYOPIA FOLLOWING THE INTOXICATING USE OF JAMAICA GINGER.SUBSEQUENT RECOVERY OF VISION.

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PITTSBURG, PA.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(1):34-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470010034001i
Abstract

A careful search through American ophthalmic literature reveals eight recorded cases of blindness following the ingestion of ginger. One case is reported by Archibald G. Thompson,1 of Philadelphia. Asst.-Surgeon J. B. Greene reports2 a case which appears to be one of the six carefully reported cases of Hiram Woods,3 of Baltimore.

The history of my case is as follows:

N. C. R., aged 36, contractor and builder, was first seen Sunday evening, Oct. 15, 1899, and appeared totally blind, requiring the services of a friend to lead him about.

He had been drinking heavily on Saturday and, on sobering up Sunday morning in a "dry" community where no liquor of any kind could be obtained, purchased from a storekeeper a box of a dozen bottles of Jamaica ginger, each containing about an ounce. The entire dozen were consumed before noon, the first four bottles diluted with water,

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