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July 1968

Sur le Problems du Trachome.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;80(1):151. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.00980050153030

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Professor Postic presents a review of trachoma based on his 40 years interest in the subject and his current association with the World Health Organization. His views of the pathogenesis of trachoma differ from several other experts. He believes that the trachoma agent is a complex virus which is initially localized in the epithelium, following which the "true virus of trachoma" detaches and penetrates deeper tissues to infect the ciliary ganglion. In his opinion it is the subsequent disruption of the peripheral sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems that causes corneal pannus and the typically chronic course of trachoma. He rejects the alternative view that soluble toxins are produced and are responsible for the secondary changes in the subconjunctival tissue. The book represents the first scientific book published in the French language at Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, which may account for typographical errors and fair quality of the photographs.

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