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March 1956


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AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(3):443. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030447017

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To the Editor:  —In Dr. Dunnington's comprehensive article on "Congenital Alacrima," on page 925 of the December, 1954, issue of the Archives, the term "alacrima" was proposed as a substitute for the previously used expression "alacrimia."Prof. Werner Jaeger, Ph.D., Litt. D., Head of the Institute for Classical Studies at Harvard University, was kind enough to discuss this problem upon my request and to permit publication of his opinion. I am quoting from his letter what might be of interest to the readers of these Archives."Alacrimia... is one of those hybrids that are composed of a Latin word (lacrima) and the Greek alpha privativum, indicating the absence of... tears.... If, however, we may take for granted that such formations must exist for practical reasons and do exist already in great numbers, the word alacrimia is unobjectionable because the "i" should be there in order to indicate that this is

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