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January 1958


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Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington, D. C.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(1):149-150. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940020177020

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To the Editor:  —The patient reported in the article was examined by numerous ophthalmologists, including the consultants to the Walter Reed Ophthalmology Service from the Wilmer Institute and from Washington, D. C. All agreed that this was a typical case of clinical retinitis pigmentosa. The photographs do not reproduce well the "bone corpuscle" distribution of pigment which was found in this patient. The differential diagnosis of syphilis and viral infections were considered. The patient's serology was negative; there was no history of severe measles or of any other illness; the family history is certainly suggestive of a hereditary degeneration. Unfortunately, none of the patient's family have been available for study. Dark adaptation was not tested. Retinitis pigmentosa was diagnosed in one other Negro male of a total of 26 cases admitted as inpatients to Walter Reed Army Hospital from January, 1951, through September, 1956. The senior authors take responsibility for

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