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November 19, 1898


Author Affiliations

Professor of Ophthalmology, Chicago Policlinic; Instructor in Ophthalmology Rush Medical College; Surgeon and Pathologist Illinois Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary; Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cook County Hospital.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1219-1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450210020002f

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This subject is such a large one, and the views and experiences of ophthalmologists as to the rôle played by the eyes in the causation of this important symptom are so diverse, that it is difficult to give it the careful consideration that it merits in the short time allowed. When we reflect upon the mysterious character of headache and the unsatisfactory explanations advanced to account for it, we can understand the difficulty the ophthalmologist encounters when he attempts to give a reason for the faith that is in him, and to correctly interpret his clinical data. Even the exact seat of the pain is not known. Who can say whether it is in the brain itself or in the membranes covering it? In acute inflammation of these membranes it is quite probable that the severe headache is caused by the irritation of the meningeal nerves, but that is entirely

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