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July 21, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(3):194-204. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210030036002j

An oculist, when called on to ascertain damages to the eyes from an injury, frequently meets with other disabilities of the body which occurred at the same time. If he works in connection with other physicians and surgeons who are to determine damages to other parts of the body, it is highly important that there should be standard methods of procedure which can be applied to every system and organ of the body so that each may understand the other and work together to obtain results on a scientific basis. The object of this paper is to promulgate methods by which this may be accomplished in a manner equitable to all concerned.

The problem is a mixed one, inasmuch as we must have a method for ascertaining the economic value of a person both before and after he has been damaged from injury or disease. All recognize the importance of