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December 17, 1904


Author Affiliations

Professor of Ophthalmology, Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(25):1867-1869. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500250002j

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Not long ago a number of medical men were gathered after luncheon at one of the down-town clubs. They were all about the same age—somewhere between 45 and 50⁁and were amusing themselves by gently twitting one of the number who was wearing his first glasses for presbyopia. This twitting led to a discussion, brought about by my defense of the wisdom manifested by the victim in wearing glasses for reading. A test was made in situ with small print, which revealed that every man present was presbyopic. This was not surprising, but the interesting feature to me was, first the aversion they all had to admit the presence of presbyopia, and then the reasons advanced for not using glasses for its correction. No one, of course, wishes to admit a failure of the faculties. That a perfectly normal change, brought about by a maturing process in the eye,

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