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January 1949


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;41(1):60-64. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900040063007

IN CHINA one often sees cases which are difficult to explain. Such a one was the case reported here.

Case 1.  —On Sept. 25, 1945, Gen. C. H. H., aged 51, attended a Chinese dinner and drank wine like the other guests. The next morning he did not notice any change in his sight, but in the afternoon vision became impaired and in the evening he was unable to read. Sight in the two eyes was affected equally; everything was blurred, but he could recognize the door. Apparently, there was no central scotoma. On September 27, he was blind, and everything around him was black. He could see the window but not the intersections between the panes. Later, light perception was lost.The wine was examined, but no toxic substance was found. The Wassermann reaction was negative; repeated Kahn tests gave negative reactions except once, when the reading was 1

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