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May 25, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;70(21):1560. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600210049021

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To the Editor:  —When the work of examining candidates for commissions as fliers in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps began, the ocular requirements were placed at as high a level as possible: to be brief, a pair of perfect eyes was demanded, and that standard has never been lowered. The phrase "a pair of perfect eyes" might be transposed to "a perfect pair of eyes," for not only were the various functions of each eye to be considered with the greatest care, but also the relation of each eye to the other was most completely studied. So stringent were the demands made, especially on the muscular balance, that one of America's best known ophthalmologists expressed the opinion that if they were adhered to there would be no aviators, a rather amusing statement when placed in juxtaposition with some of the recent articles on this subject, the writers of

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