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To the Editor:
The editorial "Primum non nocere" by D.G.C. in the Archives of Ophthalmology (75:456-457, 1966) was, I thought, a fine one.His closing paragraph reminded me of the late Dr. Bernard Samuels, my professor of ophthalmology at Cornell Medical College 25 years ago. At least once a week in the course of a lecture he would stop abruptly and in his quiet, breathless voice ask us, "—and doctors, what is it I always wish you to remember?" We soon learned to shout back in unison the answer he'd taught us. "THAT THE TREATMENT SHOULD NEVER BE WORSE THAN THE DISEASE!"It's still good advice, wouldn't you agree?The Correspondence Section welcomes inquiries and comments of a general or specific nature. The Editors may try to answer some of the questions, but more valuable will be the answers volunteered by others who have had especial experience related to
Smillie JW. PRIMUM NON NOCERE. Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;76(3):466. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.03850010468036