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December 21, 1901


Author Affiliations

Clinical Professor of Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, in the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons; Fellow of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Associate Member of the American Ophthalmological Society, Etc. ATLANTA.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(25):1671-1673. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470510027001h

If one will examine the various text-books on ophthalmology, he will be unable to find any reference to the subject of the treatment of lachrymal stenosis in infants. The conclusion therefore derived is, that such a condition in infants is treated in the same manner as in adults. This I consider erroneous teaching. Very grave injury would frequently be done to the lachrymal passages of these tender little individuals if the same ruthless probing and cutting were done as is frequently the case among adults. During the last four years of my practice, I have had six cases of lachrymal stenosis in infants, all of which recovered perfectly without instrumental interference, and one case presented some such striking features, whether as a coincident or as a causal relationship I do not know, that I shall take the liberty of referring to it more in detail. In speaking of lachrymal stenosis