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March 1967

The Educational and Political Structure of Ophthalmology in America

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From the Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;77(3):295-304. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980020297002

THE SOCIOECONOMIC structure under which medicine is now practiced is in the process of one of its greatest changes in the history of our country. In this connection, a few items of particular interest to ophthalmologists are: the medical school curriculum and the place of ophthalmology in it; the National Eye Institute; Medicare; the Hart Bill now before the Senate; and our relationship to optometry, and its effect on Resolution 77 of the American Medical Association. It is not my intent to discuss these specific problems, but rather to outline the educational and political structure of ophthalmology in this country and to offer a few suggestions regarding the management of these conditions so that we may seek the most effective avenues to voice our opinion on these matters.

The educational aspects of this discussion are included because the faculty of our medical schools exert a major influence on the development

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