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July 1965

New Zealand Letter

Author Affiliations

Department of Ophthalmology University of Otago Medical School Great King St Dunedin, New Zealand

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(1):147-148. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040149039

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The following letter, originally addressed to Dr. Elliot Finkelstein, Medical Consultant to the Neurological and Sensory Disease Service Program of the US Public Health Service, is printed herewith by consent of the author. TheArchiveswelcomes letters of ophthalmologic interest from other countries.

To the Editor:  There are about 45 active ophthalmologists in New Zealand. Our population is about two and a half million, so that there is approximately one ophthalmologist for every 55,000 people. One of our difficulties is the scattered nature of our population over much of the country with the result that there are a number of sparsely populated areas with too few people to support an ophthalmologist. Until recently this was to a large extent overcome by doctors combining the practice of ophthalmology with that of ear, nose, and throat, but now there are only a handful of men in smaller towns who do

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