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August 1955

Clinical Use of Corticotropin, Cortisone and Hydrocortisone in Eye Diseases.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(2):319. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020325024

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The author of this book was one of the first to use corticotropin (ACTH) in eye diseases after the striking results obtained by Hensch in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The paper by Gordon and J. M. McLean appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 1950. In the four years between that paper and the appearance of this small manual, thousands of articles have appeared on the use of various corticosteroids. The rapidity with which the scene is changing suggests that it is dangerous to assay a book on this subject, since by the time it comes off the press opinion may have changed considerably. This book is full of examples in which current thought runs counter to statements it contains. For example, the author states, "As newer and clinically more effective forms of ACTH are making their appearance, the eosinophil count becomes even more important as

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