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December 13, 1913

The Better Control of Ophthalmia Neonatorum

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JAMA. 1913;61(24):2177. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350250063024

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To the Editor  —In The Journal, Aug. 30, 1913, p. 634, Dr. A. Jacobi, the retiring president, states that "in 108 cases of ophthalmia neonatorum that are reported by various eye clinics, sixty-two patients were attended by physicians, forty-three by midwives, and three by neighbors . . . It so happened that all the cases of total blindness occurred in the practice of physicians." Yet we find that the punitive measures of the proposed bill are directed against the midwife most of all. Truly, there is plenty of material for the lawyer of sporting instinct, keen for employment in any possible claim against the opulent physician and the dividend-paying hospital association, but in the main it is the midwife that is to be regulated.About six years ago I vainly tried to interest the health authorities of Cleveland in a consistent policy of saving the eyes of the newly-born. Instead, there followed an

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