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There ought to be but one answer to the above question—those who are competent. In fact, incompetent persons have no business prescribing for any of the physical ailments of mankind. But right here, in the matter of prescribing glasses for the correction of errors of refraction, is carried on one of the grandest pieces of quackery in the United States. Every individual who perchance offers for sale in the market spectacles, be they few or many, assumes to fill the rôle of oculist in diagnosing optical conditions and deciding what manner of glasses people shall wear, and the smaller the amount of knowledge they possess the greater the assurance with which they reach conclusions. There is scarcely a jeweler in all the landthatdoes not dub himself optician, perchance because he keeps a few spectacles to sell. But he attempts as a rule, by the use of that word, to convey
SIMONTON AC. WHO SHALL PRESCRIBE GLASSES FOR THE CORRECTION OF ERRORS OF REFRACTION? JAMA. 1892;XVIII(18):543–545. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411220005001b
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