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October 1937


Author Affiliations

From the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(4):510-526. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850100022002

The results of treatment with tuberculin in 42 cases of ocular tuberculosis in the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute were analyzed and reported in 1928.1 The statement was then made that the manner in which tuberculin acted, whether as a specific desensitizing agent or by augmenting the specific local resistance by a succession of small stimuli, was not known. Since this report our knowledge of the influence of allergy and immunity on tuberculous lesions has been considerably clarified. We have therefore reviewed the cases of all patients with ocular tuberculosis treated with tuberculin or by other procedures in the public wards or in private practice in the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute and have analyzed these cases in the light of this newer knowledge of tuberculosis. The study is the subject of this report.

The influence of allergy and immunity on local tuberculous lesions has already been discussed by one of

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