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February 1953

Le trachome.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;49(2):240. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920020245016

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This monograph is an authoritative review of the subject of trachoma by one of the world's foremost authorities, who has spent 25 years in studying this disease. Much of his work was done in the Pasteur Institute at Tunis.

The book covers the entire field of trachoma, with chapters on the history of the disease, its epidemiology and geographical distribution, its diagnostic aspects, pathology, and, finally, treatment. At the end there is a very extensive bibliography.

The author considers that trachoma is produced by rickettsial organisms belonging to the group of the Chlamydozoa, and that it should be designated Chlamydozoon trachomatis. This may well be the last authoritative monograph to appear on this dread disease, which mankind now seems to be in the process of conquering.

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