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Opticians Attempt to Obtain Registration
After the osteopaths, the opticians have attempted to obtain recognition, with similar result. Mr. Chamberlain, the minister of health, received a deputation from the "Joint Council of Qualified Opticians," with which was associated the British Optical Association, to discuss a private member's bill to secure the registration of optical practitioners and to regulate the practice of sight testing and optical dispensing. The opticians claimed competence to deal only with errors of refraction and to detect functional abnormalities requiring specialist treatment by an ophthalmic surgeon, and it was a condition of the diplomas granted to opticians by their organizations that all cases of functional abnormalities should be referred to a medical practitioner. It was claimed that they had therefore done all that the minister, in speaking of Dr. Graham Little's motion about the registration of osteopaths in the House of Commons, had advised osteopaths to do,
LONDON. JAMA. 1926;86(19):1463-1464. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670450055020