Since I commenced the special practice of ophthalmology, more than twenty years ago, several drugs and modes of treatment then unknown to the profession have been introduced, and since their therapeutic value has been fully established we scarcely realize how it was possible to have done without them. Sulphate of eserin, for instance, is a drug that has aborted hundreds of cases of that most terrible disease, glaucoma. Eserin, from its myotic influence has prevented blindness and given relief from the agonizing pain, and frequently conserved vision. Cocain has well-nigh revolutionized ophthalmology. Thanks to it, general anesthesia, with its unpleasant and oftentimes serious consequences, is no longer to be dreaded in many of the operations on this delicate and sensitive organ, and we can scarcely see how the various affections could be treated and the operations made without it. So too jequirity has its special place in ophthalmology. Of late
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