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October 1985

A View From the Front Line

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Centralia, Ill

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(10):1454. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050100022002

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To the Editor.  —Has the general ophthalmologist become obsolete? Great advances in the field of ophthalmology, both in diagnostic as well as therapeutic and surgical methods, have increasingly invited subspecialization. This trend is carefully nurtured by our university institutions. It is understandable that our young colleagues, whose formative years are under the tutelage of these institutions, are less and less interested in general ophthalmology. Being trained in advanced techniques, they regard basic everyday routine examination as a chore instead of a challenge, a chore best turned over to nonmedical personnel, professional or otherwise. Frequently, especially in some of the larger institutions and group clinics, the ophthalmologist relies on the judgment and the criteria of others, whether or not he or she sees the patient seeking eye care.The ophthalmologic profession was proud to be known as the purveyor of the very best in the general care of eyes, be it

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