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July 1961

DOCTORS' DILEMMA

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1719 Pacific Ave. Dallas, Texas

Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;66(1):153. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.00960010155032

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Congratulations on your editorial, "Publication Explosion," in the March issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. The clinician needs help and cooperation from the research groups to keep from getting in a rut and is eager for reports with conclusions or suggestions that the common herd can understand. He is fed up on the rantings of the "starry-eyed theorists" and is either shrinking back as a "therapeutic automaton" or rising up in rebellion. He resents the statement of Dr. Orr regarding the gap between what the practicing physician should know and does not know, unless, at the same time, he measures the gap between what some of the research people know about the patient and what they do not know. After all, the patient is the only legitimate reason for the existence of our profession. The researcher must remember, also, that the clinician does the spade work and

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