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CONTRACTION OF THE VISUAL FIELD; A SYMPTOM OF ANESTHESIA OF THE EETINA IN CHILDEEIT.

WEBSTER L. FOX, A.M., M.D.
JAMA. 1905;XLIV(1):8-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500280005002a.
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The term retinal anesthesia is usually employed to designate a rather vague condition in which the function of the retina is temporarily suspended or its sensibility greatly diminished. In many text-books it is included in retinal diseases only for consistency's sake and to describe a possibility of the occurrence of such a condition. But from the descriptions usually given it would seem that authors had never encountered the affection as a purely independent disease having definite symptoms, treatment and prognosis. It is my purpose in this paper to present the features of this condition as I have met with it and to substantiate my statements with brief histories of my cases. This retinal anesthesia, in my experience, is characterized by a reduction in the acuity of vision and marked contraction of the visual fields, with no reversal in the color fields. There are no other symptoms,

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