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February 11, 1899


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JAMA. 1899;XXXII(6):294-296. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450330024001g

Much as it is to be regretted, there still remains much doubt concerning important etiologic and pathologic factors of intraocular tension, and notwithstanding certain pathologic conditions are pretty constantly found in glaucomatous affections, the problem is yet to be solved.

Glaucoma is of even more importance than "sympathetic" ophthalmitis,1 because it appears to be little, if any, better understood, and still more on account of its far wider prevalence and equally fatal consequences to sight when uncontrolled. It is not my deliberate purpose to condemn unreservedly the conventional treatment, or to call any especial attention to the chaos that has always reigned in these branches of disease, nor to harbor any fancy or vain imaginations against the true spirit of science, to attempt the promulgation of a "complete system" by making "new knowledge" fit into the old; I will therefore endeavor to confine my remarks to some observations of