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November 25, 1893

LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS.Read in the Section on Ophthalmology, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(22):813-816. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420740023001g

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At the meeting of the American Ophthalmological Society in 1887, I presented a short article in regard to the increase of blindness in the United Startes, calling attention to the fact that according to the census reports, the number of blind in this country was increasing much more rapidly than the population. The Society was kind enough to appoint a committee to examine into the subject, as did also the Medical Society of the State of New York, after the same figures had been presented there for consideration. The committees in both of these Societies reported the advisability of some legislation to limit the further increase of what may be considered one of the principal causes of blindness, namely, ophthalmia neonatorum. Since that time, the States of New York, Maine and Rhode Island have all passed laws, which have for their object the preventative treatment of this disease, and I

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