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April 1962


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441 East 68th St. New York 21

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(4):539-540. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020539029

I do not reject the use of statistics, but I do condemn not going beyond them.

—Claude Bernard

To the Editor:  —In the spring of 1960 Drs. Black and Bunim of the National Institutes of Health contacted Drs. William Kammerer and Richard Freyberg of Cornell, telling them that they had discovered a high incidence of posterior subcapsular cataracts (PSC) in steroid-treated rheumatoid arthritics, and asked if they would assemble for ocular examination a group of their own patients who were so treated. I was asked to cooperate. Eleven patients answered the hurry-up request and came in to be examined by Dr. R. Oglesby (N.I.H.) and me. One 64-year-old woman who had been treated for many years had an early nuclear sclerosis and PSC (9%). I have never seen nor heard of any allusion by the N.I.H. group to these 11 patients examined by them. Following this we put on a

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