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November 4, 1961


JAMA. 1961;178(5):500. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040440052010

The fundamental premise, "No different principle applies to the care of the patient with ocular symptoms than to the care of any other patient," is self-evident. In its report, "Medical Care for Eye Patients," the American Medical Association Subcommittee to Study the Relation of Medicine to Optometry has presented a comprehensive statement of a serious problem. The situation described in this report which appears in this issue of The Journal, p. 495, is familiar to those physicians who are primarily concerned with eye care, but its potential dangers and its full significance have not yet been recognized by the medical profession as a whole and by the public. In adopting the reference committee recommendation of this report, the House of Delegates defined the position of medicine. The report does not state a new position, but reaffirms fundamental principles of medical philosophy and policy and clarifies their application to the immediate