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Stemming the tide of river blindness: the early years of ivermectin

Hugh R Taylor
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (11): 617-619.

In 1978, when I was a Fellow in Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, I went to a seminar given by one of the senior faculty (Maurice Langham) about work he was doing on an unusual disease called onchocerciasis. Although I must have learnt about onchocerciasis at medical school and during my ophthalmology training, it was such an esoteric tropical disease in small print that it had made no perceptible impact on me.

  • Hugh R Taylor

  • Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, East Melbourne, VIC.

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