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September 1939

RELATION BETWEEN THE VIRUS OF TRACHOMA AND THE VIRUS OF INCLUSION BLENNORRHEA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;22(3):393-398. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860090059006
Abstract

The association of inclusion blennorrhea of the newborn with a genital disease of the mother was first discussed by Fritsch, Hofstätter and Lindner.1 They showed that the secretion from the vagina of a mother whose baby had inclusion blennorrhea was infectious for the conjunctivas of baboons. Thygeson and Mengert2 were able to infect the cervix of a baboon with material from a person with inclusion blennorrhea. In a previous communication3 it was shown that the inclusion bodies found in the conjunctival epithelial cells occurred in similar types of cells in the cervix. Lindner4 recommended the term "paratrachoma" for all diseases produced by the genital inclusion virus and suggested that they may be closely related to trachoma ; he5 expressed the belief that "paratrachoma" may represent an initial stage of mild trachoma that does not result in scarring or in pannus formation. Lindner4 inoculated the virus

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