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August 1930

Third Annual Report of the Giza Memorial Ophthalmic Laboratory, Cairo, 1928.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;4(2):301-302. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810100147015

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This report deals chiefly with studies of trachoma and gonococcal conjunctivitis.

During the course of experimental work on monkeys, it was observed that follicles are frequently present in the normal conjunctiva of these animals. This condition is not trachoma, and never turns into it. It can be produced artificially by inoculation with a gram-negative bacillus, closely resembling that described by Noguchi, and which was isolated from cases of trachoma in human beings. During seven months, no corneal vascularization or scarring was observed. Acute trachoma, as described in other countries, never occurs in Egypt, acute exacerbations being due to a mixed infection. Prowazek and Lindner's bodies were encountered but rarely, and were considered to be of no etiologic significance. Serologic investigations were disappointing.

The relative values of new and old remedies were investigated. In the case of chaulmoogra oil, which was rubbed into the conjunctiva, it was decided that:

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