Trachoma: A Blinding Scourge from the Bronze Age to the Twenty-first Century

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  • 1 Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, E-mail: josephac@email.unc.edu
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Most “tropical diseases” are diseases, which, although now found among the poor in the tropical developing world, are ancient and were once diseases of the now industrialized world linked to poverty, crowding, poor hygiene, and sanitation. There are abundant citations for many of these diseases in Egyptian papyrus records or the Bible.

Trachoma is one of these diseases, and Professor Hugh Taylor has produced a fascinating documentation of trachoma’s public health history. However, he has also undertaken not only to provide the history of this infectious cause of blindness but to provide the full story from biology to clinical and

Most “tropical diseases” are diseases, which, although now found among the poor in the tropical developing world, are ancient and were once diseases of the now industrialized world linked to poverty, crowding, poor hygiene, and sanitation. There are abundant citations for many of these diseases in Egyptian papyrus records or the Bible.

Trachoma is one of these diseases, and Professor Hugh Taylor has produced a fascinating documentation of trachoma’s public health history. However, he has also undertaken not only to provide the history of this infectious cause of blindness but to provide the full story from biology to clinical and

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