July 7, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(1):25-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.72750270005010

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THERAPY OF CONJUNCTIVITIS  Outline by Sanford R. Gifford, M.D.Although bacterial invasion is the exciting cause of most of the conjunctival inflammations, particularly the more severe and the more acute forms, the application of antiseptic solutions or ointments to the tissue surfaces, while not without value, is less effective than could be desired, at least so far as destruction of the organisms or inhibition of their growth is concerned. This is due to the well recognized fact that within a relatively short time, frequently before the patient is first seen, the bacteria have invaded the tissues to a greater depth than that to which the antiseptics can penetrate. It is only at the moment of contamination, while the micro-organisms are still on the surface, that disinfection can actually be accomplished (see prophylaxis of gonorrheal conjunctivitis).The fact also must be kept in mind that conjunctivitis may be caused by chemical

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