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October 1947

News and Notes

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;38(4):532-533. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00900010545011

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National Study of Congenital Malformations and Maternal Infection.  —In an effort to collect more precise data on the relations between certain maternal infections and congenital malformations, a nationwide study is being sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Inc. Questionnaires are being sent to obstetricians, ophthalmologists and pediatricians, seeking the reporting of cases of rubella in expectant mothers and of children with congenital defects that might be attributed to other infections in the expectant mother, such as measles, chickenpox, mumps and influenza.Although an association has been established between the occurrence of rubella early in pregnancy and certain congenital defects in the offspring, information is lacking as to the frequency with which this happens and as to the possible influence of other communicable diseases that might have been contracted by the expectant mother.Data will be studied by the

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