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THE HE need to develop physicians' assistants is now nationally recognized, and leaders of ophthalmology have stressed the need for ophthalmic assistants. Most ophthalmologists agree that their own range of effectiveness could be greatly extended if adequately trained personnel were available who could carry out some of the mechanical and technical aspects of the ophthalmic examination leading to diagnosis and treatment by the physician.
The services of the assistant are neither supplementary nor complementary to the physician's service but are an important part of it. They are not intended to replace the physician's care of the patient but to facilitate and expedite that care. The assistant serves the ophthalmologist by helping him fulfill his responsibility to the patient. We are seeking younger men and women who would meet necessary requirements and who might find adequate tangible and intangible rewards in an ophthalmologist's office.
The question of who would make the
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