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THE INFLUENCE OF CONSANGUINITY ON THE ORGANS OF SPECIAL SENSE.

LEE WALLACE DEAN, M.S., M.D.
JAMA. 1903;XLI(11):657-659. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490300013001d.
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In treating this subject I have found that I am compelled to confine myself almost entirely to the eye. It presents to us such possibilities for exact investigation that the results secured overshadow those gained from a study of the other organs of special sense.

We have here blood vessels and a nerve with its end organ exposed to view. We can look on mesoblastic and epiblastic tissue. We can observe embryonic conditions if they exist. With the exception of the nervous system, more degenerate conditions are found in the eye than in any other part of the body. As most of the deleterious results of consanguinity are degenerative conditions, we ought to expect this to be a good field for research. You will readily observe that this paper is not a complete treatise on this subject. It has been almost impossible to find literature relating to it.

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