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July 3, 1909


Author Affiliations

Professor of Ophthalmology and Otology in the University of Nebraska OMAHA

JAMA. 1909;LIII(1):22-26. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550010014002e

Considering the great interest to the oculist of interstitial keratitis, the question of its prophylaxis has received very shabby treatment. While it may be discussed in some of the numerous works that I have not seen, I have found no mention of it in any of the dozen English, German, and French text-books and hand-books that I have consulted. The nearest approach to a discussion of the subject that I have seen is in a valuable paper by C. S. Bull, in which the conclusions of Fournier as to the prophylaxis of hereditary syphilis in general are quoted. And yet the subject is one which should receive careful consideration, by the oculist and syphilologist as well as by the general physician.

By interstitial keratitis, in this paper, I refer only to the typical form, which occurs almost always between the ages of three and sixteen