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November 15, 1902

The Accuracy of European Retinoscopy.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(20):1268-1269. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480460046015

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Chicago, Nov. 1, 1902.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal of Nov. 1, 1902, page 1107, Dr. Geo. M. Gould of Philadelphia uses the following language: "That there is probably not an 'ophthalmic surgeon' in all Europe who can use this method (retinoscopy) with accuracy shows how far we are as a profession from knowing our science, practicing our art, or doing our duty."I admire Dr. Gould in all his scientific work and can follow his enthusiasm wherever it may lead, but I can not pass uncorrected such language from the editor of American Medicine, who has always advocated accuracy in language and diagnosis. To commit such an unpardonable sin of ignorance and unwarrantable discourtesy to foreign confrères, is to belittle his own argument. I have recently had the pleasure of a rather extensive tour through some of the best of German university hospitals, and in nearly every clinic

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