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February 22, 1902

THE IDENTIFICATION OF CRIMINALS THROUGH THE FUNDUS OF THE EYE.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):513. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480080023001f

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Abstract

Commensurate with the importance of the certain identification of criminals have been the efforts at elaborating a reliable system for this purpose. Most prominent in this line stands out the method of M. Bertillon; vet even in it there occur so many data subject to change by reason of growth, voluntary effacement or disfiguration, that further additions are by no means undesirable.

I wish here to call attention to the fact that anybody could at any time, with a certainty, be identified by the anatomical conformation of the fundus oculi; in fact, the disposition of the arteria centralis retinæ and its branches alone would be sufficient for the purpose.

I admit that a casual observation would fail to do so, but identification by a previously made—and that with the greatest exactitude—drawing of the fundus would leave no room for doubt. While there are many details sufficiently characteristic in the papilla,

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