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April 1964

Scientific Exhibits

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(4):453-454. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010469001

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We have a quarrel but we have kept it to ourselves—until now when we learn that others are similarly agitated. Our quarrel is chiefly with the "regulations" of New York City labor practices that transcend all common sense. The specific issue is the problem of setting up exhibits at medical conventions. We would agree that scientific (non-commercial) exhibits serve a useful purpose and every effort should be made to lessen the labor, time, and expense that go into preparing them. When an exhibitor, therefore, is faced with the mandate from curbstone operators that he cannot unload his own car or hand-carry his own paraphernalia into the exhibit hall, or when he is not allowed to prepare his own shelves or use his own fixtures—and has to employ an assigned carpenter at $16 per hour—and when rough handling results in breakage of valuable equipment and protests are merely parried with

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