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September 24, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(13):711-713. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450130030002l

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During a trip in Minnesota last September, I was asked by my friend, Dr. E. J. Lewis of Sauk Center, to see Maxwell James, aged 2 years, who was said to have been blind from birth.

Upon examination the child seemed to be in perfect health and his development was good for his age. I have been unable to secure a photograph showing the condition of the eyes, but the one which I present will give a general idea of the little fellow's appearance. The lids and orbits were normal. The palpebral fissure of the left eye was not smaller than usual, but the lids of both eyes appeared sunken. Both eyeballs were smaller than normal, the diameter of the cornea measuring no more than 6 or 7 mm. in left eye and 5 or 6 mm. in the right. The iris was present in the left eye, but the

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