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February 20, 1943


JAMA. 1943;121(8):598-602. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840080046014

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EPIDEMIC KERATOCONJUNCTIVITIS  Circular Letter No. 14 of the Office of the Surgeon General is concerned with the treatment of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. It was issued on January 11 to all medical officers of the United States Army. The suggestions which follow are therefore recommended as routine in the army medical service:

  1. The purpose of this circular letter is to bring to the attention of medical officers an inflammatory disease of the eye which has recently been given the descriptive name of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. It is called also virus conjunctivitis and keratitis maculosa. The disease resembles superficial punctate keratitis, keratitis nummularis and keratitis subepithelialis. Although this disease is not new, having been reported since 1890 in Austria, Germany, India and the Orient, its recent spread is of importance to the Army and to industrial plants engaged in work for the Army.

  2. During the summer of 1941 an outbreak

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