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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 18, 2004


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(7):892. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.892


Squint ought to be made an annually discussed subject at mothers' meetings, for it is through the mother that it must be detected, if this improper functional condition is to be corrected. It is not merely a question of two good eyes, although physiologically we need all our organs in the best of working order; cosmetically, the individual is nearer the type of perfect man if he not only sees with both eyes at once, but if the intended relationship of one visual axis to the other is constantly maintained; if no squint is observable. The young adult feels the effect of a cosmetic imperfection very keenly, and is grievously disappointed to find, when treatment or cure is sought, that the operation does not always lead to even cosmetic improvement, and that in the great majority of cases the squinting eye, if it does not persist in squinting, is, after all, a rather useless organ, on which no trust can be placed.

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