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February 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):589-590. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350039010

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If it be true, as stated, that 33 per cent, of blindness is certainly avoidable, it becomes pertinent to consider whether the profession can not do more, both in the care of eye affections and in the education of the public. In a small proportion of cases, blindness is caused during infancy, but in the majority it must be attributed to the more dangerous, and especially to the contagious, eye affections, concerning which the public is too little informed. There is no disability that is in its way more discouraging to the individual or more costly to the public than blindness, and, while it is possible to render it less of a public and private burden, very much still remains to be done. The evil is none the less serious because a considerable portion of the burden is borne by private resources instead of public charity, as is the case

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