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March 29, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(13):815-816. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480130013001d

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In calling your attention to this subject the writer does not desire to create the impression that he has anything purely original to offer, but to call your attention to the fact that the human body is too much of an entity for any one system to be exclusively deranged, while others remain healthy; actions and reactions are the two great rules of organic life. Functional waves of reflex influences are always sweeping to and fro through the body and peripheral irritations of every kind, and every phase of organic disturbances may excite a reflex that will influence the actions and perhaps the nutrition of the eye and its appendages.

Sir Thomas Watson said: "We find in the eye more satisfactory and plain illustrations of the general facts and doctrines of pathology than in any other single organ of the body; certain changes in the eye are known to accompany

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