The problem of dacryocystitis is not one for the ophthalmologist or the rhinologist alone, but for both specialists. The patient's first complaint is that of tearing. This usually brings him to the ophthalmologist. There has been too much dissension over who is the proper authority. It is my opinion that cases of this condition are primarily the ophthalmologist's problem, but certainly a rhinologist who has studied the subject is just as capable of handling them. The region is a sort of no-man's land and has been neglected by both groups of specialists. Since the patient's complaint and the complications (conjunctivitis and corneal ulcer) are concerned with the eye, the problem should primarily be that of the ophthalmologist, but he should consult with the rhinologist in every case and with the internist in special instances.
I shall present my concept of the cause and treatment of dacryocystitis, my conclusions having been