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August 21, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(8):606. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680080072026

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To the Editor:  —The term "trachoma" should still be enclosed in quotation marks. Why? Because the diagnosis (?) is still being made only after the eye conditions to which it is being applied have reached an advanced stage. Royer in his plea for the need of epidemiologic research in "trachoma" (Am. J. Pub. Health16:706, 1926) seems not to have been aware of the epidemiologic, etiologic and therapeutic investigations in "trachoma," extending over more than three years, that the Bureau of Laboratories of the New York City Health Department made, beginning in the spring of 1910 and stopping at the end of 1913. These studies were published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases (14:261, 1914) and more fully in the Collected Studies of the Bureau of Laboratories, New York City Health Department, volume VII.In these studies we clearly showed that the reason why opinions differed so much in

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