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February 6, 1926

THE TRACHOMA PROBLEM AMONG THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS

JAMA. 1926;86(6):404-408. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670320018007
Abstract

The subject of trachoma is inexhaustible. Most of the literature is confined to European trachoma, with here and there an excursion into the American type, as it exists in the big cities and in the mountain fastnesses of this or that Southern state. But the searcher after truth will be amazed to find how few recorded observations there are as regards a permanent population wholly under the domain of the federal government, whose life and habits permit of continuous surveillance. When the governmental agencies take an interest in the citizens of any of the sovereign states, the question is raised as to their authority to do so; yet here is an entire people, over whom the federal government has unhampered authority, who are affected from time to time with infectious diseases and yet the medical profession, as a whole, has paused not at all to consider these affections as of

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