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August 5, 1916

A Treatise on Blood Pressure in Ocular Work. With Special Reference to Factors of Interest to Refractionists.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590060064026

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According to the introduction, the purpose of this book is "to acquaint the optometric profession with a science (sphygmomanometry) hitherto unemployed by it, but one which vitally concerns its future welfare." A careful reading of this book gives one the impression that the foregoing quotation is indeed true; it is hard to believe, however, that the "future welfare" of a certain manufacturer of sphygmomanometers is not also kept well in mind by the author. The volume is written by a nonmedical man, and reflects a lack of scientific knowledge in unfounded assertions and disjointed arguments. The book fills no want in the library of physicians, surgeons or oculists. It contains nothing original; and is simply a review of what has been said by others, with conclusions drawn by the author, attempting to show that all "optometrists," opticians, etc., should equip themselves with a sphygmomanometer (particularly one of a certain make),

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