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July 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(1):35-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430790035001j

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In presenting this paper before your society, I am impressed with the advisability of an oculist laying before a body of influential general practitioners one of the evils of ophthalmology. It is unnecessary to argue this matter in an ophthalmological society or section, as we clearly appreciate and understand the argument. But it is desirable that our common friend and mother, the general school of medicine and surgery, should listen to our views, and render us that aid and cordial cooperation we so earnestly and righteously desire, and feel we have a right to expect and and demand. Many of you, practicing in more general lines of work or separating yourselves into other special fields, do not thoroughly understand and appreciate the importance and gravity of the situation, and often, I fear, nay, I am sure, lend your influence by indifference or positive advice, to the perpetuation and prosperity of

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