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March 11, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(10):759-761. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500370007001b

No greater subject could be found for the pencil of the artist than the tragedy of the young mother who, just out of child-bed, brings into one of our city clinics her first-born infant, already blind for life through ophthalmia neonatorum, to find out what can be done for the eyes that "were so bright when it was born." The mere surface facts are dark enough without the black background which the physician also sees, the hideous cause of the affliction and the physical suffering and wreck that are impending in her own life. Because I have looked on this picture and have been compelled to crush the young mother with but a fraction of the terrible truth. I am glad to join in any effort to render less frequent the repetitions of this tragedy.

Not all purulent conjunctivitis of the newborn is caused by the gonococcus. Guerola1 reported a

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