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January 1932

Ministry of the Interior, Egypt.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;7(1):162. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820080174017

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No one can read this excellent report without distress at the appalling number of patients afflicted with ocular diseases in Egypt, nor can one begrudge admiration for the energy of the government in furthering the ocular health of its nationals. The amount of material is amazing. In 1929, over 4,000,000 patients were treated in the government hospitals, and over 195,000 operations were performed. That the relief measures are sound in concept is illustrated by the fact that 23 per cent of the outpatients were under 10 years of age; that the program is effective is indicated by the statement that blindness has been halved since 1909.

If the report has a fault, it lies in careless proof-reading. An occasional lapse in spelling may be forgiven, especially since English is not the national tongue, but it is impossible to condone the repeated misspelling of the same words.

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