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September 1943


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Medical Corps, Army of the United States

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(3):376. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880210100011

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Now that allergy has become an established part of diagnosis, it is an integral part of the questioning phase of the adequate medical history. Allergic phenomena caused by unusual agents range from intestinal distress to epiphora. Many have been reduced to the commonplace with modern cutaneous testing and medical histories. The known locations of reactions and types of irritating substances are many and varied, and only an occasional new allergen or focus of action is discovered. The following account records an unusual but real cause of distress :

Private R. D. was sent to the eye, ear, nose and throat clinic of a station hospital somewhere in Australia. The provisional diagnosis by his dispensary physician was acute recurrent bilateral conjunctivitis of undetermined cause.

The patient was well built and muscular, in good health but complaining of redness and burning of both eyes. The vision was normal. The reaction was limited to

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