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December 25, 1937

ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical AssociationDevoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;109(26):61B-64B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520143045

Visual Standards for Licensure to Operate Motor Vehicles  Preliminary Report of Special Committee at Atlantic City SessionNELSON M. BLACK, M.D., MIAMI, FLA.; HARRY S. GRADLE, M.D., CHICAGO, and ALBERT C. SNELL, M.D., ROCHESTER, N. Y.In 1925 a report on visual standards for operating motor vehicles was submitted to the Section on Ophthalmology and approved by the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association. There were embodied in this report, first, recommendations of minimum visual requirements, and, second, that under certain conditions applicants with less than this minimum be qualified by special or county boards of licensure. The report further recommended: "In each state there shall be a board of physical licensure in each county, or one for several counties, consisting of two general practitioners or surgeons and one ophthalmologist." The second part of this submitted recommendation proved to be impracticable and therefore has not been embodied in

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