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March 1952


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(3):354-382. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030362011

FUNGI play a complicated role in the world, both aiding and disrupting human welfare.

The dramatic discovery of the curative properties of the substances penicillin,1 streptomycin,2 chloramphenicol (chloromycetin®),3 and others, from refined molds, and the determination of their chemical structure and their synthesis have brought about one of the greatest advances in medicine of all time, and this achievement may be only the beginning of an era in which we are to see new forms of therapy strike crucial blows against diseases as yet uncontrolled.

MYCOSES AND OCULAR DISEASE  This paper is primarily concerned with the whole question of molds as they relate to infection in and about the eye. Such infections are not frequently diagnosed; the average clinician in his lifetime of hospital and office practice may see only one or two proved cases of mycotic infection of the eye. The literature, however, is voluminous and