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March 27, 1926

"TRACHOMA AMONG THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS"

JAMA. 1926;86(13):970-971. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670390050033

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, February 6, appears my paper on this subject, followed by an elaborate discussion, the latter carrying the inference that the program outlined by the Department of the Interior through its Indian Bureau did not admit of practical application. The reports of the bureau since those remarks were made have shown accomplishments decidedly in advance of what were anticipated, and I take this opportunity to ask that you give publicity to the additional facts supplied to me by Assistant Commissioner Merritt. In the declining days of 1925, he informed me that in 1925 some 68,223 Indians were examined for trachoma, of whom 14,036 were found to have the disease. There were performed 8,455 operations, and 5,581 cases were treated otherwise. This represents only the trachoma work of the special physicians detailed for this purpose. All the Indian Bureau's physicians took part in the program, but

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