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July 10, 1943


Author Affiliations

Chicago; Waukegan, Ill.

JAMA. 1943;122(11):743. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840280001008

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In the stress of these wartimes every man-hour lost, whether due to labor difficulties or to disease, is a distinct setback of the hour of victory. The first cause is beyond medical control, but we can do something about the second. Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis has taken an enormous toll of man-hours during the past year, for the average loss of working time incurred in each case is from fourteen to eighteen days. Consequently any measure that can reduce such wastage is worth trying, even though it may not be uniformly successful. On that basis we are reporting the use of a new therapeutic measure that in our hands has proved worth while. It is realized that the number of cases is small, that the results are only those of clinical observation and that the accurate serologic proof is missing.

Two years ago Turnbull of Los Angeles developed a stabilized solution of

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