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To the Editor:
—Communications from various authors have emphasized the possibility of treating virus diseases with aureomycin. Dendritic keratitis is a case in point. For this reason, when I was faced with a case of conjunctivitis of supposed Newcastle (Philippine fowl) disease aureomycin was used.The patient, a poultry farmer aged 50, had an epidemic of Newcastle disease among his chickens. Two days prior to his consulting me, he had had onset of severe pain, burning and redness of both eyes. There were no associated systemic complaints. Physical examination revealed considerable injection of both the bulbar and the palpebral conjunctiva. There was no evidence of iritis. The pupils reacted to light, and funduscopic examination revealed nothing abnormal. A smear of the secretion revealed a predominance of lymphocytes and no organisms. Antistin® (2-[N-phenyl-N-benzylaminoethyl]-imidazoline) ophthalmic, which had been given because of the possibility of an allergic origin, was discontinued. No new effect
Sheehan GA. AUREOMYCIN IN TREATMENT OF VIRUS DISEASES. Arch Ophthalmol. 1950;43(4):772. doi:10.1001/archopht.1950.00910010785017