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September 1946

Ophthalmia Neonatorum: The Problem After Thirty Years of Statutory Notification and Sixty Years of Credé Prophylaxis. Institute of Ophthalmology Monographs no. 1.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1946;36(3):370-371. doi:10.1001/archopht.1946.00890210377012

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All children who suffer from ophthalmia neonatorum in the County of London are admitted to the hospital of the London County Council, of which Professor Sorsby is the ophthalmic surgeon. His experience is therefore unique, and a monograph on this subject from his pen is, of course, completely authoritative.

Since 1914 notification of a purulent discharge from the eyes of a newborn infant has been compulsory in England and Wales. This booklet is a study of the problem of ophthalmia neonatorum. It is composed largely of tables, charts and graphs, and is therefore difficult to review and well nigh impossible to abstract. Nevertheless, many of the conclusions reached by the author are worth recording here. His approach is sound. He admits that the rates recorded by the Registrar General, consistent though they be, are not an unquestionable indication of the incidence of ophthalmia neonatorum ; and he remarks that notification is

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