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April 1968


Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(4):506-507. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040508028

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To the Editor.  —Regarding Dr. Patz's recent article on prematurity in the Archives, 78:565 (Nov) 1967, I was sorry to see some suggestion that "high oxygen" therapy be resumed, even if only under certain controlled circumstances. Not only the incidence of retrolental fibroplasia, but also other highly suggestible reports of concomitant lesions in the brain and other organs should render this thought untenable until each and every other possibility has been fully explored.We must eventually remember that the best survival statistics were achieved by perfect nursing care and control of body temperature via some form of now-obsolete more-or-less open heat cradle (such as the Gordon-Armstrong incubator). These statistics reached their zenith many years ago when the room air inside these cradles was slightly altered by introducing a mixture of 90% oxygen and 10% carbon dioxide.If I had to care for a premature infant today, I would want

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