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100 Years Ago in the Archives
February 1999

A look at the past. . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(2):264. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.2.264

DR. G. H. BURNHAM, of Toronto, read a paper on The hypodermatic use of pilocarpine in eye disease, in which he advocated the use of pilocarpine in combination with other alternatives in deep-seated diseases of the eye. He invariably supplemented mercurials and the iodide of potassium with properly conducted pilocarpine injections, in syphilitic eye diseases as well as in all cases of irido-choroiditis. The injections were always given in the afternoon in bed, in order that, after the effect had passed off, the patients could have proper rest in bed and not be subject to the risk of taking cold by going out before the next morning. Several favorable cases were reported, but it would seem best to eliminate the action of the other remedies by total suspension of the same during the course of the injections, order to discover where the most benefit resides.