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September 30, 1933

The Visual Fatigue of Motion Pictures: A World-Wide Summary and Survey.

JAMA. 1933;101(14):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740390059038

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Even at the present depreciated value of the dollar, the price of this booklet is about 55 cents too high. It purports to be a summary of current scientific opinion as to the question of visual fatigue in the movies but consists mostly of a series of quotations, a large share of which are either misquoted or else wrong. For example, "The iris of the eye represents a lens of a camera" or "Any eye which has an anomaly will suffer [from motion pictures] from one or more of the following symptoms, headaches, neuralgia, congestion of the conjunctiva, blinking, burning, black spots before the eyes, diminution in acuteness of vision, eyestrain, double vision, and blurred vision" and so on ad nauseam. Optometric opinions are quoted freely, as are lay opinions on ophthalmologic topics. The recently patented "shutter-spectacle" and the much publicized "Feinbloom telescopic lens," which has been in use by

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