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November 1966


Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;76(5):765. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.03850010767026

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To the Editor:  I enjoyed greatly your editorial, "Apostrophitis and Other Diseases." Since you appear to have opened the carp season, I would like to do a little carping of my own. You should have written about apostrophosis. Just as the existence of polyps where they should not be is called polyposis, the existence of apostrophes where they do not belong is apostrophosis. Apostrophitis is inflammation of the apostrophes. Now just look at the apostrophes you wrote about. Their bodies are well-rounded and well-packed (HYPHENOSIS!) with apostroplasm. Their caudae are smoothly curved and tapered, and there is no blunting of their apices. Obviously these are normal apostrophes which occur where they should not. Aside from that the editorial stands as a fine example of your customary immortal prose, and when you write the sequel I would be delighted to see you vilify with the same vigor the syndrome of the

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