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April 4, 1896

American Ophthalmologists Not Ashamed of Their Work.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(14):686-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430660038012

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Denver, Colo., March 25, 1896.

To the Editor:  —The Journal for the 21st inst., under the heading, "Ashamed of What They Should be Proudest of," contains an indictment of American ophthalmologists that must not pass unnoticed. The allegation that the American ophthalmologist obsequiously suppresses his own best work, on refraction and muscle balance, to court the favor of the "foreign distributor of distinction," is not sustained by the facts.To require in medical literature that the number of papers upon each subject should be proportioned to the number of cases of the kind met with in everyday practice, would be to make it a dreary waste of profitless repetition and unsuggestive detail about minor ailments. But even by this standard the Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society for 1895, which furnished the occasion for the attack, have been misrepresented. The Transactions contain the following papers relating to refraction and the

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