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August 1938


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Long Island College of Medicine.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;20(2):286-289. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850200124007

Though ophthalmology as a medical science has ever marched in the forefront, there are certain portions of clinical work wherein it seems to lag behind. A review of these deficiencies and of possible methods for their correction demonstrated an urgent need for improvement in bedside facilities for the study of patients with ophthalmic conditions.

A portable instrument carriage seemed to me essential to facilitate study in cases in which ophthalmic consultation is required and for the transportation of equipment during rounds in the hospital.

If one reviews the bedside notes made during such rounds, it becomes evident that in many instances there has been an omission of study procedures owing to a lack of satisfactory facilities. The omission of a postoperative test of the visual acuity of the sound eye as well as of the affected eye is not uncommon; and when the visual acuity is studied, the