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January 26, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(4):255-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470040033001m

To the practitioner of general medicine, the eye symptoms of diabetes have only a general interest, save in their diagnostic and prognostic significance. I shall, therefore, in this discussion, avoid a detailed consideration of the ocular findings, from the standpoint of one interested in diseases of the eye, and briefly examine the relation of the more important symptoms to the primary disease. It is unnecessary to caution you against that unwarranted faith in ophthalmoscopic findings which one sometimes finds among the laity. Many patients feel perfectly assured of their physical soundness when told that no evidence of disease can be found in the eye, but I am not so sure that it is unnecessary to warn you against a too broad skepticism. It is true that no systemic disorder writes its name in large type on the background of the eye. Syphilis does not have the sole prerogative of producing