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To the Editor:
—The plea of Dr. F. Park Lewis (The Journal, September 8, p. 849) is one that should be read by every physician that practices obstetrics. Blindness from ophthalmia neonatorum could and should be prevented. In thirty years' practice I have never had blindness result from this cause. I have always carried in my obstetric bag a solution of silver nitrate, 1 per cent., and never neglect to use it. The state of Illinois now furnishes this solution in beeswax ampules, and there is no excuse for a doctor not having it with him. I know a young woman, now 19 years old, blind from this cause, owing to the neglect of a drunken doctor. I am surprised that this infection occurs in well regulated hospitals as stated in Dr. Lewis' letter. We should have an editorial on this subject.
Smith HW. "CONTROL OF OPHTHALMIA NEONATORUM". JAMA. 1923;81(12):1041. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650120073031