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(Read before the Mitchell District Medical Society, Dec. 28, 1883.)
In the examination of the eyes of applicants for pension, a more thorough knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the organ is needed than in one's ordinary private practice, for the following reasons, to-wit:
1st. Many of them are impostors, who really have nothing abnormal about their eyes, they, in many Instances having been induced by pension agents to add eye disease to their many other real or supposed infirmities.
2d. Others have slight disease, or abnormal condition, which they greatly magnify.
3d. In others, disease may have at one time existed and now have disappeared; but once having been on the pension rolls, they dislike to have their names stricken therefrom.
4th. Many present themselves whose troubles originated prior to their enlistment, or subsequent to their discharge from the service. 5th. Others fancy themselves entitled to a
THOMPSON JL. SUGGESTIONS ON THE EXAMINATION OF THE EYES OF APPLICANTS FOR PENSION. JAMA. 1884;II(3):62–65. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390280006001b
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