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August 6, 1892

Prevention of Blindness in Rhode Island.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(6):170. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420060024007

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The following enactment was passed April 19, 1892, by the General Assembly of Rhode Island, its intent being to diminish the amount of ophthalmia neonatorum, and its sequels, which has its origin in grossly ignorant midwifery.

Section 1.  Should any midwife, or nurse, or person acting as nurse, having charge of an infant in this State, notice that one or both eyes of such infant are inflamed or reddened at any time within two weeks after its birth, it shall be the duty of such midwife or nurse, or person acting as nurse, so having charge of such infant to report the fact in writing within six hours to the health officer or some qualified practitioner of medicine of the city or town in which the parents of the infant reside.

Sec. 2.  Every health officer shall furnish a copy of this act to each person who is known to

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