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May 16, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;106(20):1745-1750. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770200051024

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)April 1, 1936.

The Care of the War Blinded  St. Dunstan's Hostel was founded for war-blinded men in 1915 by the late Sir Arthur Pearson and has had under care nearly 2,000 cases, while new cases still continue to come in. The average age of the men is a little over 45. It has been calculated that in twenty years there will still be 1,200 war blinded and that in forty years more than 400 may still be left. During the last few years there have been nearly 100 new cases —men who have only recently gone blind as the result of injuries in the war. Many have been due to mustard gas, and in the last two years fifteen such cases have been admitted. On the other hand, lacrimatory gas, though irritating to the eyes when discharged, does not seem to cause any permanent

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