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October 8, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(15):1202-1206. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690150012004

I think there can be no question that the field of ophthalmology is the best tilled and best understood branch of medicine. More than in any other specialty, ophthalmologists have probably most nearly exhausted the field. Ophthalmologists, more fully than any others, have met their problems and solved them so far as their solution is humanly possible with the light that science and art now afford.

Most of us look on ophthalmologists with envy. There is no sheaf of death certificates lying in a drawer of their office desks. In considerable part they can see what they are doing; and while their work demands a degree of finesse and a high grade of technical skill approximating that of the artistic violinist, they perhaps more than most of the profession are able to prognose and to accomplish according to a standard which few internists can undertake to equal.

I sometimes wonder

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