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November 1934

RETINITIS PUNCTATA ALBESCENS AND RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA AS AFFECTED BY PREGNANCY

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Superintendent, Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Madras, India.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;12(5):766. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830180142013

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Abstract

To the Editor:—With reference to Dr. Henderson's article, "Retinitis Punctata Albescens and Retinitis Pigmentosa as Affected by Pregnancy" (Arch. Ophth.11:763 [May] 1934), the author stated that "some authorities believe that consanguinity has been given too prominent a place in the etiology," and he quoted the "American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology," by Wood, in support. The statement contained therein that retinitis pigmentosa is found frequently among the Hindus for whom consanguineous marriages are prohibited by religion is referred to. I feel almost sure that the contributor is unwittingly helping to perpetuate an error and trust that he will forgive my drawing attention to it in connection with his interesting article. The bald statement is made in the "Encyclopedia" that "the influence of consanguinity has been overestimated," without other apparent authority than an inference based on the lines which follow, that Macnamara has shown that the

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