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April 8, 1939

The Etiology of Trachoma

JAMA. 1939;112(14):1418. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800140116038

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Among other things, this book contains a summary of the studies in trachoma that have been in progress in the Oscar Johnson Institute of Washington University for the past eight years. Almost all of the material has appeared at various times in the journals of ophthalmology and as such is familiar to students of the subject. In the eleven chapters of the book the epidemiology, causation and infectivity of trachoma are discussed at some length, after which the text swings into technical descriptions of the bacterial flora of the disease, inclusion bodies and the virus aspect. The conclusion is that "the infectious agent of trachoma is a virus of remarkable frailty, succumbing before physical and chemical agents tolerated by numerous other bacterial and viral agents." A thorough bibliography and index are appended. The book work is good and the illustrations are excellent. The monograph represents a large amount of work,

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