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From the Archives of the Archives
November 2007

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(11):1552. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.11.1552

Chronic serpiginous ulcer of the cornea (Mooren's ulcer).

Mr Nettleship read this paper. The terms “chronic serpiginous ulcer” or “Mooren's ulcer” are preferable to “ulcus rodens,” which is another name for rodent epithelioma. . . . 

Bowman was the first to describe a case in detail (1849), but Mooren rightly has the credit of discovering the disease as a clinically distinct species in 1867. . . . 

The course of the disease strongly suggests infection, but no special microorganism has yet been found. . . . 

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