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December 1954


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AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;52(6):971. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920050977020

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To the Editor:  —Charles Snyder, in his report on the "First International Congress of Ophthalmology and Contemporary State of Ophthalmology in America," published in the August, 1954, issue of the Archives, page 264, describes the attention given at that time (1857) to trachoma, which "had been the scourge of the armies of Europe for more than a half a century." In that report, transmission, treatment, and prevention were discussed. Any discussion of the problem today would proceed on similar lines. Trachoma, as a contagious disease, became, following the practice of the Belgian General Staff, a valid reason for excluding affected persons from the draft.In 1919 and 1921, while still in Europe, I saw and treated several men suffering from trachoma. These men had fled from the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. These patients volunteered the information that they had infected themselves with trachoma deliberately, in order to evade induction into

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