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September 2007

50 Years Ago in the Archives

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(9):1281. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.9.1281

I believe that the use of nonspecific protein therapy has been largely supplanted by the use of steroids. I am far from being in sympathy with the promiscuous use of steroid therapy, especially in granulomatous uveitis. This I have endeavored to emphasize in my recent book. Nonspecific therapy with foreign proteins still has a place in certain forms of uveitis, but with the introduction of specific antibacterial therapy, and nonspecific steroid treatment, I believe its present use is somewhat limited.

—Alan C. Woods, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Reference: Nielsen RH, Kirby TJ. The modern treatment of uveitis. Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;58(1):103.