Abstract RECENT reports in the United States of America estimate that retrolental fibroplasia is now responsible for one-third of the incidence of blindness in preschool children (Reese,1 1949), while in Great Britain the number of cases has risen rapidly since the disease was first reported there, in 1946. The disease was first described in 1942 by Terry2 and apparently had not previously been recorded; now, some 10 years later, it has become a major problem in pediatric and ophthalmic medicine. This fact is curious, since the previous generations of ophthalmologists were certainly observers par excellence; furthermore, a careful search of the eyes enucleated over many years at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital failed to reveal more than one specimen which might at all correspond to the pathological description of retrolental fibroplasia. The patient was traced, reexamined, and found not to have qualified for the disease in any way. References 1. Reese, A. B.: Arch Ophth. 41:527, 1949.Crossref 2. Terry, T. L.: Am. J. Ophth. 25:203, 1942. 3. Owens, W. C., and Owens, E. U.: Am. J. Ophth. 32:1, 1949. 4. Kinsey, V. E., and Zacharias, L.: J.A.M.A. 139:572, 1949.Crossref 5. Lelong, M.; Renard, G.; Rossier, A.; Lemasson, C., and Michelin, J.: Press méd. 59:705, 1951. 6. Campbell, K.: Personal communication to the authors. 7. Crosse, V. M.: Tr. Ophth. Soc. U. Kingdom 71:809, 1951. 8. Szewczyk, T. S.: Am. J. Ophth. 25:1649, 1951. 9. Mann, I.: Development of the Human Eye , New York, The Macmillan Company, 1928, pp. 100-105. 10. Campbell, F. W.: Tr. Ophth. Soc. U. Kingdom 71:287, 1951. 11. Evans, P. Jameson: Tr. Ophth. Soc. U. Kingdom 71:613, 1951.
A.M.A. Archives of Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Jul 1, 1952
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