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November 1931


Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(5):1275. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940180225027

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The author attempts in this pamphlet of only 68 pages to bring into easy reach of the general practitioner the salient points regarding scrofulous eye diseases. He does not enter into many disputations, and he acknowledges the unsettled nature of many important matters.

The book is divided into five parts or chapters: (1) the clinical picture, onset, differential diagnosis and prognosis; (2) the pathology; (3) the etiology; (4) the pathogenesis; (5) the therapy.

The author first reviews the various forms of scrofulous keratitis, including band-shaped and pseudoband-shaped keratitis, keratitis superficialis and scrofulous pannus; then he notes the complications, such as palpebral conjunctivitis and blepharitis marginalis with or without secondary infection; the associated lesions, such as scrofulous eczema of the eyelids and face and even impetiginous infections, and finally the complications. In differential diagnosis he mentions acne rosacea and certain forms of vernal catarrh, trachomatous pannus, tuberculoma and simple catarrhal conjunctivities.

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