It has long been known that the eyes may be affected in cases of ergot poisoning, but instances of this complication are rare in this country, as I was unable to find a single case recorded in the literature. The report of a case of neuroretinitis following the ingestion of a small amount of ergot is deemed of sufficient interest to warrant the writing of this paper.
Meier,1 an ophthalmologist, was the first person to record ocular complications in ergot poisoning. In 1852, there was an epidemic in the district in which he practiced in which 283 people were affected. He reported that amblyopia was a frequent sequel, but he failed to describe the fundi in these cases. In 23 cases, cataract, usually bilateral, developed, taking from six weeks to three months to mature ; unless amblyopia was also present, operative removal gave good results. Von Bechterew,2 a neurologist,
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