July 12, 1884

Blindness from Ophthalmia Neonatorum and its Prophylaxis.

JAMA. 1884;III(2):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390510017003

—The possibility of blindness occurring to a human being from any cause whatever, and at any period of life, is of such vital importance to everyone concerned that it is not possible to give too much attention to avert such a possible danger. This is especially the case where any neglect of the helpless infant, when ushered into the world, may involve the absolute deprivation of the sense of light for a whole life-time. That many have been in the past, guilty of such neglect, is manifest from the testimony afforded by the statistics of the victims to a life-long blindness. Magnus,1 of Breslau, gave as his observation up to the time referred to, that 34 per cent, of the blind in the institution at Breslau became blind as a result of ophthalmia neonatorum. He has, however, in his recently published work Die Blindheit, ihre Entstehung und ihre

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