UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL

Erichsen
1855 The Lancet  
485 depend on partial paralysis of the ciliary nerves; these are benefited, in most cases, by small doses of blue pill, occasional aperients and blisters behind the ear. We give the experience occasionally of some of our very oldest surgeons, as somewhat of a counterpoise to the many-coloured abstractions and new theories, which, like ignes fatui in our new school of German ophthalmic surgery, lead so many persons astray. The following case is one where Mr. Solly looked rather to the brain
more » ... r to the brain itself as seriously implicated, and if so, probably beyond all means of cure. Cases are not wanting where hydatids have been found in the optic nerve, thickened neurilemma, abscesses in the optic tract, &e. That fearful disease, fungus hæmatodes, is also too often discovered; these, no doubt, are all familiar to the clinical observer. In this case, which has resisted all means of cure, exposure to the strong heat or glare of the sun, not very different from coup de sodeil, seemed to Mr. Solly the exciting cause. George K-, aged fifteen, was admitted March 13th, 1855, He gives the following history of the origin of his sufferings :-He has been in the habit from his childhood of working all day in the open fields; often exposed to the heat of the sun on his unprotected head. He has also been in the habit of stooping in his work a good deal, as when hoeing, &c. About three
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