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July 2, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420010030009

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Prevention of Blindness.  —A committee was appointed by the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland in April, 1891, to devise means for lessening the amount of blindness from curable diseases. This committee prepared a circular which was sent to the midwifes of Baltimore explaining the dangers of ophthalmia neonatorum, and giving directions for cleaning the eyes of the newly born. The necessity for prompt medical interference at the first sign of the disease was also insisted upon.In addition, in the waiting rooms of the various dispensaries of the city they placed placards, reading as follows: " Watch a baby's eyes carefully for a week after birth. If they look red, or run matter, take it at once to a doctor. The child may become blind if not treated properly." Such work can hardly fail to prove of much value, and should be imitated elsewhere.

A Fee Arbitrated and Promptly Paid 

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