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July 1940


Arch Ophthalmol. 1940;24(1):149-167. doi:10.1001/archopht.1940.00870010171015

This report is based on a study of the histories of cases of sympathetic uveitis recorded at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary between 1922 and 1935. A previous report evaluating the results of treatment of this disease with injections of diphtheria antitoxin in large doses, as proposed by Verhoeff,1 was read at the 1935 meeting of the New York State Medical Society.2 Beneficial results from this treatment were seen in 75 per cent of the patients so treated.

The clinical findings in 37 cases in which the diagnosis was proved by pathologic examination and in 26 cases in which it was not proved but in which the clinical course was typical of this specific uveitis are included here. Analysis of any series of records of such an infrequent condition emphasizes many of its features not generally appreciated and focuses attention on controversial ideas regarding its nature, thus

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