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Credé's prophylaxis

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Prophylactic procedure for treatment of the eyes of the newborn with argentum nitricum (1% silver nitrate). This method is used to protect the children from blenorrhoea neonatarum - the possible danger of an inflammation of the eye during delivery by a mother with a venereal disease. The method was used systematically from 1884.


  • C. S. F. Credé:
    Die Verhütung der Augenentzündung der Neugeborenen.
    Archiv für Gynäkologie, München, 1881, 17: 50-53. Die Verhütung der Augenentzündung der Neugeborenen.
    Separate, expanded edition, Berlin, A. Hirschwald, 1884.

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