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August 1930


Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;4(2):220-227. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810100066009

The relationship between infected teeth and diseases of the eye has been known for some time. Several centuries ago, Fabricius Hildanus reported a case of ophthalmia and loss of the eye due to an abscessed tooth. In 1795, Richter wrote regarding the connection between dental irritation and diseases of the eye, and in 1817, Bier described a case in which contraction of the visual field was done away with by extraction of a carious tooth. Jonathan Hutchinson reported many cases of defective vision effectually relieved by the removal of pathologic conditions discovered in the mouth. During the past twenty years, the subject of dental focal infection has received much attention, due primarily to Sir William Hunter of Montreal, who first called attention to it in 1910, and to the experimental work of Dr. E. C. Rosenow, of the Mayo Clinic, and the clinical work of Dr. Frank

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