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April 22, 1911

A Case of Near Blackmail

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Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(16):1213. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560160055026

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To the Editor:  —It is seldom that the publisher of one of the popular magazines comes as near placing himself in the position of being accused of blackmail, as did the publisher of Good Housekeeping in its February number. Beneath the heading of the article, "Why Our Glasses Don't Fit," appears a statement which at once leads the reader to suspect that the editor had some misgivings as to the advisability of publishing the article. He must have succeeded in getting the "endorsement of two distinguished oculists" for he says so; and obtaining the distinguished endorsements, he proceeds to publish the article which consists of an assumed case of eye-strain, and the trials and tribulations of a patient—the author—and of an oculist, who with the patience of a Job, as the history relates, makes twenty odd separate and distinct examinations and prescribings of

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