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September 13, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(2):71-74. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890020001001

To those who devote their professional lives to ophthalmology it is a most pleasant, exciting, interesting and absorbing field. The rewards in the happiness, gratitude and satisfaction of patients more than repay the ophthalmologists' efforts. From a humanitarian point of view it is one of the most valuable of all specialties. It is also one of the most important branches of medicine, affecting the economic welfare of the people. Those engaged in it are jealous of its prestige, but have been too busy, too self-contained, too interested in their own work and the good that they are doing to bother much about the prestige of ophthalmology. This is the correct attitude; it is only correct, however, if it is not carried too far, and it is now time to halt a bit and look around. The opportunity to present some thoughts on this subject to fellow members of the Section

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