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December 17, 1982

The Physically Handicapped Physician

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3097. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230019018

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To the Editor.—  In a recent issue of The Journal (1982;248:877), Dr Nancy Roeske dealt sensitively and informatively with the problem of the visually impaired physician. Her statement that loss of eyesight is not synonymous with loss of medical knowledge was a particularly cogent one. A valuable resource for the physician with a visual or other physical handicap has recently come into existence—The American Society of Handicapped Physicians (ASHP).The ASHP was founded by Dr Spencer B. Lewis, a family practitioner who, although he became blind as a result of diabetic retinopathy, continued an active practice until his untimely death on April 6,1982. Ironically, the organization he had conceived and nurtured was officially recognized by the state of Louisiana only nine days after his death. The goals of the ASHP include advocacy, support, education, and rehabilitation services for the physician who has a physical handicap. We estimate that there are