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July 1990

A Voice From the Back of the Room

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Kansas City, Mo

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(7):916-917. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070090018006

To the Editor.  —If you wish to be fair, this letter or its equivalent should appear in the Archives.I just became ill reading Thom Zimmerman's1 editorial about second opinions in the February 1990 issue of the Archives. Just when I thought I had pruned my subscriptions to the throwaway journals to the point where I no longer had to listen to the diatribes of the pirates and psychopaths justifying their treatment of patients as commodities rather than people, here comes a saintly academic informing us all, in a peer-reviewed journal, how to do things right. Speaking as a seemingly disenfranchised member of the "silent majority" (Oh, no! I never thought I would be in that group!), I suddenly feel that nobody here knows how to play the game. I was not before, but now I am convinced that we are all doomed when the Archives becomes a biased

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