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January 1959

Therapeutic Habits in Ophthalmology

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology), New York Hospital, and the Cornell University Medical Center, and the L. Margulyes League.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(1):72-78. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090074010

During the past decade a large number of new preparations have been added to the ophthalmologist's therapeutic armamentarium. For that reason it seemed that a survey of therapy employed by ophthalmologists today in everyday practice would be of interest. As a result, a questionnaire was circulated, and its results were compiled for presentation in this paper.

This questionnaire was mailed to all ophthalmologists and eye, ear, nose, and throat specialists throughout the United States.* In the questionnaire each physician was asked to state what treatment he usually prescribed for the following selected indications: chronic uveitis (anterior or posterior choroiditis), severe conjunctivitis, acute iritis, vernal catarrh, and nonspecific keratitis. The physician was also asked to state whether he ever employed oral, intramuscular, or intravenous corticotropin (ACTH) or corticosteroids; what he considers the principal indication for such therapy; how many days constitute an average course of therapy, and whether he manages such

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