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April 1952


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(4):415. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030425001

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The possibilities of intergroup research in ophthalmology became strikingly apparent during World War II. Then, under the able leadership of Jonas Friedenwald and the sponsorship of the War Gas Casualties Committee, several laboratories were united in an attempt to find an effective antidote for mustard-gas burns of the eye. None was found, but much fundamental information was obtained on the metabolism of the cornea and on the toxicologic reactivity of biologic tissue in general. What was perhaps more significant was the fact that the energies of various research groups could be so harmoniously directed to a common ophthalmological goal.

But things were different then. The war was on, and those who, for one reason or another, remained in the laboratory, while their brothers joined the regular services, were anxious to contribute to the full capacity of their talents. It is, therefore, the more remarkable that a similar coordination of research

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