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July 15, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(11):809. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850290049022

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To the Editor:—  The comments of Mr. Alfred Allen of the American Association of Workers for the Blind are carefully considered and most convincing. All are agreed that service personnel who lose their eyesight in the service of their country must have the very finest medical and surgical care and the very best opportunity for complete rehabilitation. We would believe, as was stated so ably in General Hillman's article, that the decision to employ guide dogs should not be made until the man has received a good bit of training himself. Whether it is proper for the soldier to receive a guide dog through a reputable private agency or whether it is better that the dog and the training be supplied by the federal government is a matter of opinion. Such opinions, moreover, are often related to political philosophy. Several guide dog agencies have agreed to provide a fully trained

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