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October 1, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):772-775. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450140026001l

Within the past year I have had under observation six cases of amblyopia differing in degree, and more or less transitory in character, for which I have been at a loss to give a definitive diagnosis. The possibility of an hysteric origin has not been overlooked. Indeed with two of the six this idea is still entertained. But with the others, the presence of a particular symptom, coupled with intestinal derangement, and this more or less uniform in all, seems to allow the characterization which appears in the title of this paper. I will endeavor to describe briefly these four cases:

Case 1.  —Mrs. C. S., age 40, mother of four children, hitherto vivacious and apparently healthy, aborted lastMay in the sixth week of her pregnancy. She was making good progress toward recovery under the care of her family physician, when on the evening of the third day, without any