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The Spread of Trachoma in Hungary
Trachoma had taken root at the beginning of the last century on the boundaries of the country populated by Serbs, Croats, Slovaks and Roumanians. Prior to 1883, scarcely anything had been done to prevent this disease. Attention was called to trachoma by a court of justice. Dr. Feuer was then entrusted to examine the population of three districts, 100,000 persons, and he found that from 4 to 5 per cent of the population had trachoma. It was obvious that trachoma had assumed an endemic form in other parts of the country. The minister of the interior appointed Professor Feuer leader of a campaign, and in 1886 the Hungarian parliament passed a bill, the provisions of which are as follows: 1. Expenses connected with the treatment of indigent patients were to be borne by the state treasury. 2. Where the disease was most prevalent, eye
BUDAPEST. JAMA. 1930;95(18):1361. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02720180055025