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August 23, 1924


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Burlington, Iowa.

JAMA. 1924;83(8):633. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660080063031

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To the Editor:  —When a man has been fifty years in practice (as I have been), he must depend on the printed page for the bulk of his medical news. That accounts for my having but recently learned (The Journal, July 26) that the Section on Ophthalmology passed a resolution deprecating the dispensing of glasses by medical men. May I venture the prediction that in practical results it will be disappointing. Perish the thought that any self-respecting ophthalmologist will persist in any practice that would render it increasingly difficult for the public to distinguish him from the optometrist; but such a man cannot waste his time in dodging imitators, and, in the dispensing of glasses, he was there first. He may even prefer to delegate this part of his work; but he can hardly refuse the practical demand of many patients that the work be done in this way (they

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