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January 8, 1938

The Science of Seeing

JAMA. 1938;110(2):152. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790020066034

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The ambitious caption of this latest publication by Luckiesh and Moss would suggest that this treatise is an effort to coordinate the kaleidoscopic knowledge bearing on light and vision. However, as in the previous works of these authors, the book deals essentially with lighting for seeing, which would have been a more appropriate and less misleading title. These investigators, from the Lighting Research Laboratory of the General Electric Company, have been stressing for more than twenty years the importance of more and more light. That this evangelism has not been in vain is evidenced by the increasingly better lighting of stores, offices, factories and homes. Inadequate light admittedly causes eyestrain, fatigue and decreased visual efficiency, but the authors would attribute to this cause also the defective vision of intellectual workers and even to some degree the increase in defective vision occurring with age. To them "it is conceivable that the reflex effects of critical seeing and the prevalence of mortality cases from heart trouble in occupations demanding critical seeing may be related." The major problems of lighting

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