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October 1956

Pathology of Diffuse Collagen Diseases: Current Concepts

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.
From the Central Laboratory for Anatomical Pathology and Research, Veterans Administration, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;56(4):548-556. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930040556003

Mr. President, Members of the Congress, I must confess that when I was invited to participate in this Panel, I was very much surprised that the subject of "collagen diseases" should find its place along with glaucoma, intraocular tumors, retinal detachment, and other more conventional ophthalmologic subjects assigned for panel discussions. At first I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the pathologic alterations that occur within the ocular tissues in the diffuse collagen diseases. But, on reconsideration, particularly in light of the rapid advances and wealth of publications during the last few years, I thought it would be more profitable to summarize some of our knowledge of the connective tissues and to discuss the present concept of their systemic disorders which have been set apart as "diffuse collagen diseases." What I propose to say is not based on investigations of my own but upon a review of

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