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From the Archives of the Archives
August 1999

A look at the past . . .

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(8):1102. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.8.1102

Mr. X., a married man, occupying a public position, consulted me September 29, 1897, for what was clearly gonorrhoeal ophthalmia of the left eye. He rather lamely tried to deny the possibility of such a thing, but after cover-glass preparations had been examined in his presence he acknowledged having had a discharge from the urethra, but was quite positive it was not specific in nature. His manner was so decidedly guilty that I was convinced he was fearful of domestic or other trouble should the true nature of his disease be known.