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July 1958


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(1):171. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080185021

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To the Editor:  —Recently it was brought to my attention by one of our local social agencies that few practicing ophthalmologists are conversant with the proper handling of the person with a permanent visual handicap. The agency further pointed out that few medical schools have this important phase of patient management in their curricula. Although our educational programs undoubtedly are doing a better job of training men in the science of diseases of the eye, they evidently have been remiss in teaching the art of handling the patient whom medical science cannot help.What usually happens, apparently, is that the average ophthalmologist simply announces to the patient or to his family, upon completion of the examination, that the patient's sight is beyond the help of medicine. The patient and his family are left to their own resources to find out what can be done to rehabilitate the patient to a

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