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May 1952

New Viewpoints on the Origin of Squint

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(5):692-694. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030710017

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The main fault to be found with all books and articles on strabismus in children is the readiness with which the authors build hypotheses out of scant factual data. They make, for the purposes of their hypothesis, certain anatomical or physiological assumptions which are as yet without proof. Since the whole structure emerges from such an insecure foundation, the end-result, while plausible and extremely interesting, must be accepted with considerable reserve. Caveat emptor should be the watchword for every reader in the market to buy a new theory of squint. This does not mean that new theories are without value, but points out only that they should be accepted with caution and that each step in the development of the theory should be examined critically.

This monograph on squint is no exception to the rule. The author has developed an extremely plausible theory of the pathogenesis of convergent squint in

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