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February 12, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(7):496-497. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680330048023

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Ocular Complications of Smallpox  At the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. G. de Andrade discussed the ophthalmic injuries caused by smallpox. During the present epidemic at Rio, de Andrade has already seen quite a number of cases in the eye service of the General Hospital. Of all acute general infections, none probably is more threatening to vision than smallpox. Before the advent of vaccination this disease alone caused 35 per cent of all blindness, and some early writers even stated that smallpox alone made as many blind persons as all the other conditions put together. All general physicians must understand clearly this danger and watch carefully the patients' eyes in order to institute treatment in time. This is all the more necessary as recent textbooks do not stress this point as former authorities used to do. De Andrade described thoroughly the different manifestations of smallpox, as well as their prevention

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