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August 1969


Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;82(2):298. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990020300038

To the Editor.  —In view of the recent stimulating work of J. Lawton Smith concerning spirochetes in ocular tissue, the following excerpts of a paper, "The Present Position of the Spirochaeta Pallida in Relation to Syphilitic Affections of the Eye," presented to the Ophthalmological Society at Edinburgh seem prophetic.1That something more definite may be forthcoming from the findings of treponemes in the tissues and secretions of the eye must be the hope of everyone who is interested in the more exact diagnosis of the disease.Zur Nedden succeeded in finding the spirochaeta pallida in the aqueous humor from a case of acute syphilitic iritis. He therefore believed that cases of specific iritis could be diagnosed by the bacteriological examination of fluid from the anterior chamber.Indeed, the time seems to be approaching when the bacteriological examination of the aqueous humor will become a practical means of diagnosis in

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