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October 1962

Epidemiology of Uveitis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(4):440-441. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030444003

Several years ago Dr. Alson Braley wisely saw the need for development of new frontiers in the field of uveitis and persuaded the National Institute of Health to sponsor a study committee. A number of profitable meetings were held, and two important recommendations resulted: (1) a need for epidemiologic studies, and (2) a need for a carefully prepared manual or guidebook to be used by investigators in this field. It is hoped this committee will be reconstituted to accomplish the latter objective.

An advance in this field is reported in this issue.* The authors have initiated a type of study which has been long needed, an epidemiologic study of uveitis.

Uveitis comprises a group of major eye diseases. A good epidemiologic study of these diseases has not been done heretofore because the diseases have never been clearly defined, most often have an unknown etiology, and they are poorly classified. To

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