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December 1931

Results of Etiologic-Morphologic Investigations in Trachoma and Allied Inclusion Diseases.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1931;6(6):964. doi:10.1001/archopht.1931.00820070995016

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The work reported in this monograph was carried out in 1919 and later in the Government Culture-Collection, the First Eye-Clinic in Vienna and the University Clinic at Pécs, Hungary.

In 1919, the author studied preparations from three cases of inclusion urethritis, and found what he considered to be vegetative forms of a protozoan, with free cilia. He was able to follow stages in its development, including an encysted stage. Similar findings were made in the female genitalia, in inclusion blennorrhea of the new-born and in inclusion conjunctivitis of adults. In the last two diseases, bodies were found that resembled developmental stages of Trichomonas. Protozoan bodies were also found in a case of swimming-pool conjunctivitis. Material from untreated trachoma was then investigated, and similar pictures were seen.

In preparations from the urethral and vaginal mucosa, bodies were found both free and in the cells, with the protoplasm staining

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