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100 Years Ago in the Archives
December 1998

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(12):1656. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.12.1656

While it is neither advisable nor possible to force by legislation any one method of preventive treatment upon physicians in private practice, on the other hand it is the right and duty of the State to provide, for children born in almshouses, the best treatment thus far known, and to require for them the use of the silver-nitrate solution or of any other prophylaxis which may, in the future, prove to be equally efficacious."

We approve of the legislation which would result in the invariable use of this method (Crede's) or any other equally safe and efficient, in almshouses, whereby the loss of vision from this disease would be lessened.

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