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April 1947


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Los Altos, Calif.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;37(4):539-541. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00890220551015

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I have read with interest the article by Dr. David G. Cogan entitled, "Aims and Aids in the Teaching of Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology." There is no question in my mind but that a study course in the basic sciences as applied to the eye will become a regular part of every ophthalmologic residency in the country. The experience gained in organizing the course at Columbia University and in participating in the course at Harvard and in the two courses sponsored by the Ophthalmological Study Council has given me a number of impressions which I should like to discuss in connection with Dr. Cogan's paper.

I agree with Dr. Cogan that only the exceptional person acquires adequate training in the basic sciences as applied to ophthalmology without an organized course. Without such a course the average resident enters ophthalmology with only a superficial knowledge of the applications of the basic

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