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February 1987

Myopia and Medical School

Author Affiliations

Kearny, NJ

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(2):167. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060020021005

To the Editor.  —We read with amusement the letter by Drs Shulkin and Bari1 in the September issue of the Archives concerning deteriorating vision as a risk of attending medical school. Their argument seems to boil down to: medical students tend to do a lot of reading: a lot of reading tends to cause myopia (sic?); therefore, medical students tend to become myopic. Having been myopic and medical students, we really favor the following sequence: myopes like to do a lot of reading; medical students do a lot of reading; therefore myopes tend to become medical students. However, you may prefer this sequence: myopes tend to have a higher IQ than the general population; so do medical students; therefore myopes tend to become medical students (or vice versa, if you like).A course in logic is sometimes preferable to one in statistics.

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