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August 1965


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99 West Cedar St Boston, Mass 02114

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(2):291. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040293039

To the Editor:  In the April 1965 issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology Dr. K. W. Ascher has joined in the criticism of the term "pars planitis," and has suggested another name "posterior cyclitis." In 1961 Hogan and Kimura1 also found the term "pars planitis" objectionable and felt that the condition in patients exhibiting signs of uveitis in the pars plana region should be labelled "cyclitis." Their criticism was supported and discussed and the original term suggested for this clinical disorder—"peripheral uveitis"—was encouraged.2The name "peripheral uveitis" was coined in 1950 by Schepens3 as a consequence of the development and refinement of a better examination technique, namely, indirect ophthalmoscopy with scleral depression. This permitted clinical recognition of inflammatory changes in previously inaccessible areas in the extreme fundus periphery. Subsequent reports4-6 elaborated on this problem, as well as the finding of inflammatory exudates in the periphery of

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