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November 1961

Viruses, Names, and Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;66(5):611-612. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.00960010613001

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Like the old woman who lived in the shoe, we find ourselves giving sustenance to an apparently innumerable array of viruses whose recently affixed names are strange and whose behavior is as unpredictable as that of any younger generation. As Dr. John Enders recently commented in citing the multiplicity of these agents, "At this point I'm sure you are tempted, as I am, to cry out in anguish, like Macbeth upon seeing the vision of Banquo's endless descendents 'Will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?' " But these virile bits of organic matter are fascinating, and equally interesting is the scientist's attempt to cope with and catalogue them. Let us now survey some of the problems contributed by these more recently explored miseries of man and begin (promiscuously) at the bottom.

Although the enteric or enteroviruses may be isolated from many sites of the gastrointestinal tract, as well

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