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May 1935

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Arch Ophthalmol. 1935;13(5):875-877. doi:10.1001/archopht.1935.00840050153016

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International Association for Prevention of Blindness.—Vice President Dr. Park Lewis of Buffalo presided over the annual conference of the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness, in the absence of President de Lapersonne. Delegates from most of the thirty-four nations represented in the association attended the conference, which was held in London on April 5. Dr. A. Fraceschetti of Geneva, Switzerland, advocated among other measures the special training of physicians, particularly ophthalmologists, in genetics; making available facilities for the sterilization of men and women afflicted with hereditary diseases of the eye, and a decrease in consanguineous marriages. Dr. M. Van Duyse of Ghent, Belgium, cited the fact that the chances of becoming blind are greatest in the first two years of life, owing chiefly to ophthalmia neonatorum and corneal lesions. The American delegate, Mr. Lewis H. Carris of New York, stated that during the past

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