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August 12, 1893

THE TREATMENT OF BLENNORRHŒA NEONATORUM.Read before the Illinois State Medical Society, May, 1893.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(7):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420590025002c

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When we consider that from 20 to 40 per cent. of our blind must attribute their affliction to blennorrhœa neonatorum, we are forced to admit one of two things: Either the treatment is not understood or it is not intelligently carried out by a great number of physicians.

Our medical journals during the last decade teem with articles devoted to curative and prophylactic measures of this disease.

Every physician at this date has been sufficiently impressed with the importance of employing preventive treatment and of the gravity of blennorrhoea neonatorum.

Notwithstanding these long continued and oft repeated instructions as to the method of treatment, numerous children are still deprived of their vision. Many cases of blennorrhoea are lost.

I have lately seen, in consultation at my office, about a dozen babies where one or both corneæ were destroyed when brought to my notice.

An analysis of these and numerous other

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