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these facts were written down. I now sewed the cut ends of the muscle together, and once more stimulated the eye with electricity. The doctor said, "Now you have succeeded in producing accommodation," and this was written down. I now asked:
"Do you think that superior oblique had anything to do with producing accommodation?"
"Certainly not," he replied.
"Why?" I asked.
"Well," he said, "I have only the testimony of the retinoscope; I am getting on in years, and I don't feel that confidence in my ability to use the retinoscope that I once had. I would rather you wouldn't quote me on this."
While the operation was in progress, however, he gave no indication whatever of doubting his ability to use the retinoscope. He was very positive, in fact, that I had failed to produce accommodation after the cutting of the oblique muscle, and his tone suggested that he considered the failure ignominious. It was only after he found him self in a logical trap, with no way out except by discredit ing his own observations, that he appeared to have any doubts as to their value.
Patients whom I have cured of various errors of refrac tion have frequently returned to specialists who had pre scribed glasses for them, and, by reading fine print and the Snellen test card with normal vision, have demon strated the fact that they were cured, without in any way shaking the faith of these practitioners in the doctrine that such cures are impossible.
The patient with progressive myopia whose case was mentioned in Chapter XV returned after her cure to the specialist who had prescribed her glasses, and who had said not only that there was no hope of improvement, but