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December 24, 1910

Current Comment

JAMA. 1910;55(26):2240-2241. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330260048020

OPTOMETRY BILLS IN STATE LEGISLATURES  Legislatures in thirty-two states will convene the first week in January. In about eighteen of these states, according to the statements made in "optometry" publications, bills providing for the appointment of boards of examiners in "optometry" will be introduced, on the plea that they are intended for the protection of the public against incompetent and untrained spectacle fitters and will supplement medical practice acts. The plan of campaign usually followed by the promoters of these bills is to secure, before the bill is introduced, the endorsement of as many physicians as possible, and then to assert before legislative committees that the bill "has the endorsement of the leading physicians of the state."1 If the real purpose of the bills was to require a higher standard of training and education among opticians, there would be no objection to them, provided schools of instruction for opticians were