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September 21, 1889

WHAT CAN WE DO TO INDUCE THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THE CENSUS OF 1890 CONTRIBUTE EFFICIENTLY TO A CLEAR CONCEPTION OF THE CAUSES OF BLINDNESS.Read in the Section of Ophihalmology at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(12):409-411. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401090013001c

The disinterested efforts which have been made by different individuals who have embraced the study of the healing art, for the general welfare of the race, will compare favorably with similar efforts made by any other section of the world's workers. Often these efforts have been made in the face of the wildest and most fanatical opposition, and practically always have they been confronted with appalling obstacles. It needs no mental acumen to perceive that in order to overcome successfully any evil we must know the nature of that evil, and according to our present experience we must know it in all its details. A disease which in some haphazard way disappears from our midst to-day will reappear at a place and. time when we least anticipate it. But if we understand its peculiarities definitely we are not: only in a position to try intelligently to suppress it, but also

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