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Article
January 10, 1891

SOME DISPUTED POINTS IN THE CORRECTION OF REFRACTION ERRORS.Read in the Section of Ophthalmology at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

Author Affiliations

OPHTHALMIC AND AURAL SURGEON TO THE EPISCOPAL AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS, PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(2):37-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410540001001
Abstract

In the entire range of ophthalmology there is probably no question as important as that of how to deal with errors of refraction. The sum total of discomfort, disease and impaired vision fairly ascribable to ametropia, is unapproachable by that due to any of the grave disorders to which the eye is subject; and glasses are being prescribed with ever-increasing frequency and by a rapidly widening circle of medical men. Yet it is very unfortunate to note the wide divergence in the views of men who ought to be authorities in such matters; and the acrimonious criticism with which some of them assail the work of others, attacking them even before the laity with a vigor which ill accords with professional, or even common courtesy, and can be justified only by scientific demonstrations, as yet lacking, that the treatment thus condemned is unwise and harmful.

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