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June 1962


Author Affiliations

Delegate, Section on Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(6):840-842. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020840030

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To the Editor:  —Dr. Diana has recognized that ethical principles permit no voluntary professional association of a physician with the optometrist. The principle involved merits explanation, since many physicians are concerned as to what might constitute an appropriate relationship between physician and optometrist. An official A.M.A. body may address itself to this question. What follows, unless otherwise specifically stated, is the writer's view.

In 1936 the A.M.A. Judicial Council stated:  ... no one is compelled to choose only from this group (Doctors of Medicine) in selecting his medical attendants. The individual may elect to receive his medical care from himself, his neighbor, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Christian Science, but he is not entitled while under the care of such irregulars to demand that the man educated in scientific medicine furnish opinion and advice to one so far deficient in education that he cannot understand and apply that opinion and advice as to

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