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April 27, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(4):318. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700170110021

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Prolonged Compression of the Optic Nerve.  — A. Nover (Fortsch Neurol Psychiat30:230, 1962) remarked that the ophthalmologist, as well as the neurologist, may observe at times, after diseases of the optic nerve, a highly reduced visual acuity becoming completely normalized and visual field defects disappearing entirely. Such impressive improvements and the absence of progressive damage to the optic nerve fibers, even during a period of prolonged observation, may mean that the damage to the optic nerve fibers is functional only, not anatomic.

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