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April 27, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;70(17):1212-1213. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600170012007

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Until recently the search for an antiseptic that would influence the flora of the conjunctiva without at the same time injuring its epithelium seemed almost hopeless. It is true that many so-called antiseptics are often used with excellent results in treating infections of the cornea and the conjunctiva, but with few of them is the benefit derived due to anything but the mechanical cleansing, the possible exceptions being zinc sulphate for infections with the Morax-Axenfeld bacillus, and ethylhydrocuprein, in pneumococcus infections. This conclusion must inevitably be reached by all who have given the subject of ocular antisepsis careful study.

When the wonderful results of the Carrel-Dakin treatment were first reported from the seat of war regarding its remarkable efficacy in preventing and cleaning up the infections of wounds, it occurred to us that the method might be modified in treating infections of the eyes. Here was an antiseptic solution that

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