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To the Editor.
—We are familiar with Dr. Nicol's interesting article, "Treponeme-like Forms and Artifacts." However, we have had no great difficulty distinguishing treponemes from glass shavings.Dr. Nicol mentions the low incidence of positive serologies among those patients having treponemes in their aqueous. We discussed this problem in our paper and pointed out that this phenomenon has been confirmed repeatedly by other workers in the field.He suggests that "a more complete description of the general physical findings" was indicated. We saw no reason to include in the paper lists of negative or noncontributory findings. It is evident that had we found syphilitic stigmata among our uveitis patients, we would have presented them in detail to support our thesis further. As for "a more detailed report of the character of the ocular inflammation," we have found in our experience and from the reported experience of others interested in uveitis,
Whitfield R. TREPONEMES OR GLASS?-Reply. Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(2):255. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050257026