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March 1964


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(3):448-449. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010464029

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To the Editor:  —"An elderly woman in a drug store, groping to remember the name of a medicine, said, `It's named after a type of bad woman.' The clerk finally figured out what she wanted—Cortisone." (Neil Morgan, quoted by Earl Wilson.)The recent furor about "steroid glaucoma" has had two unfortunate byproducts:

  1. The abandonment of the use of steroids by some men even when indicated, and

  2. the revelation that routine tonometry is apparently not an integral part of American ophthalmic practice. Parenthetically, our own findings do not confirm the same high incidence of increased intraocular pressures in a six week period as reported. However, that is not the subject of this letter.

This letter is stimulated by the fact that numerous discussions with individual ophthalmologists and ophthalmological societies during the past half year have produced the impression that they thought that Dr. Bernard Becker is engaged in an

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