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To the Editor:—
Here in Canada we are, at least nominally, a bilingual nation. As a consequence, we are perhaps somewhat more exposed to the literature in French than are citizens of the United States. Some of your readers may have missed, therefore, a brief but fascinating item from Paris Match for June 25, 1966. A Swedish inventor, by profession a boot manufacturer, has kicked up some excitement by discovering both cause and cure for alcoholism.Alcoholism, we learn, results from a hormonal deficiency which, in turn, is caused by a defect in the conformation of the alcoholic's eyeballs. When one is armed with this knowledge, it is a simple step to hypothesize that if only eyeglasses could be designed which would restore the normal eyeball-like shape to the eyeball, voilá! The alcoholic would be a has-been. Our Swedish friend, unfortunately not identified in Paris Match, has designed such spectacles—
Avis EYD. Lunette Antialcoolisme. JAMA. 1966;197(13):1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110130109041