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July 1971

Corneal and External Diseases of the Eye.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(1):122. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010124026

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The stated purposes of this Inter-American Symposium on Corneal and External Diseases of the Eye were, first, to bring together outstanding ophthalmologists of the American continents and, second, to facilitate the interchange of recent advances in experimental and clinical eye research. In reading down the list of the 54 contributors to the compiled symposium, one has little doubt that the first objective was accomplished. The index reveals, however, that although much new material is covered, there is also review of established knowledge and techniques.

The 42 papers covered four general areas of study: the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. Topics covered include the following: diaveridine-polymyxin B in a variety of gram negative and positive bacterial keratitides; the use of polyene in fungal infections of the cornea; corneal physiology and pathology with attention to such entities as endothelial function, viability testing, and collagenase production; the then

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