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October 15, 1949

Optometry: Professional, Economic, and Legal Aspects

JAMA. 1949;141(7):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910070068041

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This book is intended, as the author explains in the preface, as a reference and textbook for use in undergraduate courses in optometry designed to familiarize the student with various nonclinical aspects of the practice of optometry, such as jurisprudence, economics, history, professional and interprofessional relationships, educational and organizational problems, practice management, ethicsand general civic and sociologic problems of vision and eye care. In a more general way, the book is designed to be of value as a library reference on optometry. The early chapters deal with such subjects as the legal status of optometry, reciprocal licensure and qualifications for licensure in general, the optometrist as a witness in court, liability for malpractice and the use of the title "doctor." The author's discussion of the economic aspects of optometry include chapters on the earnings of optometrists and the factors entering into the amount of fees to be charged, practice-building technics

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