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August 1947

GONORRHEAL IRITISExperimental Production in the Rabbit

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery (Division of Ophthalmology); the Department of Medicine, and the A. B. Kuppenheimer Foundation of the University of Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(2):221-244. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010228008

GONORRHEAL IRITIS IN MAN  THE RECOGNITION of gonorrheal iritis has been delayed by several factors. First, Hunter's classic self inoculation resulted in gonorrhea and syphilis being considered for decades as manifestations of a single disease. Second, the association of iritis with arthritis of various kinds, including the gonorrheal, served to complicate matters. Third, gonorrheal iritis tended to be mistaken for the more commonly encountered purulent gonorrheal conjunctivitis, from which it had to be distinguished.The clinical picture of gonorrheal iritis slowly emerged from the case reports and studies of Brodie,1 Vetch,2 Travers,3 Frick,4 Lawrence,5 Mackenzie,6 de Wecker,7 Förster,8 Fournier and Galezowski,9 Hutchin- son,10 Griffith,11 Lawford and others,12 Beaumont,13 Cobbledick14 and many others.Proof of the gonorrheal origin of the iritis was slow in forthcoming. Of necessity, it had to wait on the discovery by Neisser15

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