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Having been interested in ophthalmologic education and the training of ophthalmologists for twenty-two years, it is my hope that the article by Dr. Cogan will act as a stimulus to better teaching. While I am in general agreement with the ideas expressed in this paper, I believe that a few points will bear discussion.
It is well known that many clinicians have an inadequate knowledge of the basic sciences as applied to ophthalmology, having obtained their training by preceptorships or in an institution where only clinical practice is taught. Any courses in the basic sciences added to such teaching are of inestimable value.
For many years studies in the basic sciences have been an important part of the four year period of training in ophthalmology at the State University of Iowa College of Medicine. It has been felt that one not grounded in such subjects cannot be a good clinician.
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