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April 1980

Allergy and Immunology of the Eye

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(4):774. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030768031

Ocular immunology and immunopathology have certainly come of age. We have recently been faced with a flood of articles and a number of books concerning this particular aspect of ocular disease and ocular pathology.

The first comprehensive treatise on this subject was published by Böke1 from the University of Kiel, Germany. Unfortunately, this important and pathbreaking contribution is not cited by Friedlaender. Böke based his book on numerous personal experiments and contributions, in addition to summarizing previous results in this field. A specific chapter, concerning the immunologic and allergic aspects of uveitis, was the topic of the annual report of the French Ophthalmological Society (which appeared in 1971),2 later on translated into English,3 and of an American symposium.4

The efforts and results by Böke led to the establishment of an international group on immunology and immunopathology of the eye, which met for the first time preceding

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