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September 19, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(12):657. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430900041005

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An examination of the eyes of 8,125 London school children has just been completed by Mr. Carter, and sent to the Education Department; when we consider the methods of the examination we are surprised to learn that only 39.15 per cent, were possessed of " normal vision." We say in view of the methods of examination, because it is of this aspect we would suggest a qualifying word. It seems from the abstracts of the report at hand that to the teachers was allotted the task of separating the sheep from the goats, in other words they were to ascertain by prescribed methods the pupils that had " normal vision." Those thus diagnosed were apparently not further considered by the ophthalmologists. The fact will doubtless provoke a smile from American oculists, at least from every one worth considering. What public school teacher is capable of diagnosing the refractive condition of a pupil's

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