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March 20, 1897

Ophthalmia Neonatorum.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(12):565-566. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440120039019

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Pittsburgh, Pa., March 8, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Recently I had a case of ophthalmia neonatorum in which only the left eye was affected. This has never occurred in my practice before. The disease has always affected both eyes and this is the reason I report the case. My treatment for this disease is first to wash the eyes out well with warm water by means of a small wad of medicated cotton followed by a wash of muriat. ammon. gr. vi, bichlorid. hydrarg. gr. j. aquæ dest. [unk]vi. M. Sig. A teaspoonful in a teaspoonful of boiling water, immediately followed by a 20 grain solution of argentum nitrate and then by a saturated solution of chlorid of sodium. This is repeated every three or four hours. Once a day or once in two days I apply a drop or two of the solution of sulphate of atropia 1 grain

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