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April 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):784-785. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680036007

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It is quite certain that we are entering upon a prolonged period of controversy and even warfare with the opticians. It is, however, rather with a portion of the general class, who are persuaded to throw in their lot with the jewelers and spectacle vendors. Their aim is to be recognized legally and commercially as official refractionists, the physician, specialist or ophthalmologist being relegated to the position of one who deals only with so-called diseases of, and operations upon, the eye. In the State of New York a determined attempt is being made to secure the passage of a law to this effect, and with the well-known and pronounced sympathy with quackery upon the part of legislators, newspapers and the general public, it becomes evident, as we have said, that this is only the first showing of the cloven foot. If, as seems likely, the opticians will not succeed in

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