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October 1949

Help Yourself to Better Sight.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;42(4):514. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900050522019

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The author was a pupil of the late William H. Bates and has been carrying out his teachings in her own Los Angeles School of Eye Education. If the results of this type of quackery were not so tragic, the book could be highly amusing. Chapter 9, for example, gives a summary of daily drills for relaxation of the eyes, starting on page 42 with the following instructions:

  1. 2. Yawn wide like a hippopotamus, dropping your chin, taking your head away from it and coming back to get it again. This loosens the lungs for deep breathing. There is nothing more effective than a yawn. Watch a dog or baby to perfect your skill.

  2. 3. Wiggle like a fish. Visualize the vertebral activity of a fish as it swims through the water. Try to imitate it by wiggling your own spine from the base of the skull down to the

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