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From the Archives of the Archives
January 1999

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(1):147. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.1.147

Faber was consulted by a peasant of thirty, who complained of a small tumor which had developed four months before in the middle of the margin of the upper lid. Since then new nodules had appeared, causing an irregular thickening of the lids. On everting the upper lid, numbers of small nodules were found, each with a small opening in its centre, through which a cloudy mucoid mass could be expressed. This mass consisted of mulberry-shaped granules composed of spherical bodies 34 µ or less in diameter. The case was one of botryomycosis, which has hitherto been found only in the horse, where it develops in the funiculus spermatic after castration and in the breast after injury from pressure. In 1869 Bollinger found botryomycosis in a horse's lung.