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Excerpt from Opthalmic Literature, Vol. 5: September, 1915 Among the twelve hundred or more members of the American Ophthalmological Society, the Section on Ophthalmology of the Amer ican Medical Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmol ogy and oto-laryngology there are probably very few who are not well fitted for ophthalmic practice, according to the best practical standards of our time. Outside of the membership of these organiza: tions are others equally well fitted for it. Yet because there are three of these organizations independent of each other, and neither one devoted primarily to guaranteeing the' educational qualifications of its members; because some members. May have gotten into them without a complete training in ophthalmic science; because admission has been without formal examination, and'. Because there are persons outside of them also well fitted for' such practice, membership in them is not recognized by the medical pro fession or the community as direct evidence of such fitness. Mem hership in a special society is only taken as collateral or presumptive evidence pointing in that direction. It is generally thought of not enough importance to make it worth while to inquire about any claim ant to special knowledge and skill in this branch of medicine, whether he has even such presumptive evidence of fitness for the work. The failure of the community and of the general medical protes sion to recognize his years of preparation as a basis for ophthalmic practice has been a disappointment to every specialist who has given the proper time and effort to the preparation for his professional work. Though in a general way worth and ability ultimately come to be recognized, there are many annoying instances in which they are ignored. Even inside the medical profession the six-weeks special ist, or the man who confidently gives bad advice about a compli cated eye injury, or an obscure ocular inflammation, on the strength of his undergraduate training, is often a cause for annoyance and disgust. And who is there who has fitted himself for ophthalmic practice who does not every week receive new evidence of the con fusion in the community with regard to his status as compared with the Optician, the optometrist or the traveling faker? Again, annoy: ance and disgust arise when one encounters the supposedly decent doctor of medicine who goes to the optometrist for advice about his eyes for the sake of a big discount or to get his glasses free. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.