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January 23, 1904

Opticians: An Appeal to the Medical Profession.

Author Affiliations

Committee on Legislation, Medical Society of the State of New York. 60 East 77th Street, New York City

JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):255. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490490045013

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New York City, Jan. 16, 1904.

To the Editor:  —An optical society, composed of so-called "refracting opticians," has issued a circular letter to the medical profession, asking for the endorsement of a bill about to be introduced in the legislature, legalizing the "practice of optometry."This measure is not a new thing; we have met it several times in the past, and it has only been necessary to expose its pernicious features to defeat it. It will be necessary to do this again and again until the public awakens to the fact that measures such as this are only the efforts of incompetent people to evade the medical laws in order that they may prey on the community without fear of molestation, and then suitable provisions will be made to suppress them.It is to be hoped that members of the medical profession will not be influenced by the specious

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