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April 22, 1950

Current Comment

JAMA. 1950;142(16):1298. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910340044015

ACTH IN OPHTHALMOLOGY  Elsewhere in this issue are three papers on the use of pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in medicine. Two of these papers report observations made on the treatment of diseases of the eye. The reports are preliminary and are not intended to suggest the routine use of this hormone in ophthalmologic conditions; they are offered to permit the readers of The Journal to see the extent to which this remarkable hormone is being studied. As one author states, the series is far too small to permit any conclusions. Nevertheless, a new field of exploration is offered for researchers who are experienced and qualified in this field. Time will reveal the full therapeutic possibilities. Until then the use of ACTH in ophthalmologic conditions must be regarded as still in the experimental stage.

USE OF RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES  A special committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics for

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