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April 1967

Progress Against Rubella

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;77(4):425-426. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980020427001

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The symposium appearing in this issue will acquaint the reader with much newly uncovered information about congenital rubella and rubella virus. It also serves as a timely tribute to our recently deceased ophthalmologist colleague Norman McAlister Gregg. Twenty-five years ago Sir Norman astutely incriminated rubella infection for the devastating disease that it is, proposing a relationship between this clinically benign disease in pregnant women and the awesome defects noted in their offspring months later.

The first 21 years after the indictment of rubella virus as a cause of congenital disease witnessed meager progress toward indisputably proving its guilt, understanding the mechanism of its action, or preventing its ravages. Research efforts were thwarted by lack of means to identify the virus and were confused by many rubella-like illnesses, now known to be caused by other agents.

Viewed against this relatively barren period, the achievements of the last four years have been

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