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April 27, 1970

Prophylaxis Against Gonorrhoeal Ophthalmia

Author Affiliations

New York City Health Department

JAMA. 1970;212(4):630. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170170074034

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To the Editor.—  Dr. David S. Friendly of Children's Hospital, Washington, DC, in commenting on the article written about the high incidence of gonorrhea in the obstetric clinic by my colleagues and me (210:309, 1969) stated that we did not include "one of the most important reasons to routinely test prepartum patients, ie, to protect the eyes of their unborn babies."We fully endorse everything that Friendly has stated. We believe that this was one of several implications of our findings. We heartily reemphasize his suggestion for routine prophylactic techniques for the eyes of newborns and for rapid follow-up with smear and routine cultures in babies with eye discharges.