The Story of Emily - Better Eyesight, August 1919, Editor: W. H.Bates, M.D.

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    The efficacy of the method of treating imperfect sight without glasses
    has been demonstrated in thousands of cases, not only in my own
    practice but in that of many persons of whom I may not even have
    heard; for almost all patients when they are cured proceed to cure
    others. At a social gathering one evening a lady told me that she had
    met a number of my patients; but when she mentioned their names, I
    found that I did not remember any of them, and said so.
    "That is because you cured them by proxy," she said. You didn't
    directly cure Mrs. Jones or Mrs. Brown, but you cured Mrs. Smith and
    Mrs. Smith cured the other ladies. You didn't treat Mr. and Mrs.
    Simpkins, or Mr. Simpkins' mother and brother, but you may remember
    that you cured Mr. Simpkins' boy of squint, and he cured the rest of
    the family."

    In schools where the Snellen test card was used to prevent and cure
    imperfect sight, the children, after they were cured themselves, often
    took to the practice of ophthalmology with the greatest enthusiasm and
    success, curing their fellow students, their parents and their
    friends. They made a kind of game of the treatment, and the progress
    of each school was watched with the most intense interest by all the
    children. On a bright day, when the patients saw well, there was a
    great rejoicing, and on a dark day there was corresponding depression.
    One girl cured twenty-six children in six months; another cured twelve
    in three months, a third developed quite a varied ophthalmological
    practice and did things of which older and more experienced
    practitioners might well have been proud. Going to the school which
    she attended one day, I asked this girl about her sight, which had
    been very imperfect. She replied that it was now very good, that her
    headaches were quite gone. I tested her sight and found it normal.
    Then another child whose sight had also been very poor spoke up.
    "I can see all right too," she said. "Emily" - indicating girl No.
    1 - "cured me."
    "Indeed!" I replied. "How did she do that?"
    The second girl explained that Emily had had her read the card, which
    she could not see at all from the back of the room, at a distance of a
    few feet. The next day she had moved it a little further away, and so
    on, until the patient was able to read it from the back of the room,
    just as the other children did. Emily now told her to cover the right
    eye and read the card with her left, and both girls were considerably
    upset to find that the uncovered eye was apparently blind. The school
    doctor was consulted and said that nothing could be done. The eye had
    been blind from birth and no treatment would do any good.

    Nothing daunted, however, Emily undertook the treatment. She told the
    patient to cover her good eye and go up close to the card, and at a
    distance of a foot or less that she could read even the small letters.
    The little practitioner then proceeded confidently as with the other
    eye, and after many months of practice the patient became the happy
    possessor of normal vision in both eyes. The case had, in fact, been
    simply one of high myopia, and the school doctor, not being a
    specialist, had not detected the difference between this condition and

    In the same classroom, there had been a little girl with congenital
    cataract, but on the occasion of my visit the defect had disappeared.
    This, too, it appeared, was Emily's doing. The school doctor had said
    that there was no help for this eye except through operation, and as
    the sight of the other eye was pretty good, he fortunately did not
    think it necessary to urge such a course. Emily accordingly took the
    matter in hand. She had the patient stand close to the card, and at
    that distance it was found that she could not see even the big C.
    Emily now held the card between the patient and the light and moved it
    back and forth. At a distance of three or four feet this movement
    could be observed indistinctly by the patient. The card was then moved
    farther away, until the patient became able to see it move at ten feet
    and to see some of the larger letters indistinctly at a less distance.
    Finally, after six months, she became able to read the card with the
    bad eye as well as with the good one. After testing her sight and
    finding it normal in both eyes, I said to Emily:
    "You are a splendid doctor. You beat them all. Have you done
    anything else?"
    The child blushed, and turning to another of her classmates, said:
    "Mamie, come here."
    Mamie stepped forward and I looked at her eyes. There appeared to be
    nothing wrong with them.
    "I cured her," said Emily.
    "What of?" I inquired.
    "Cross eyes," replied Emily.
    "How," I asked, with growing astonishment.
    Emily described a procedure very similar to that adopted in the other
    cases. Finding that the sight of the crossed eye was very poor, so
    much so, indeed, that poor Mamie could see practically nothing with
    it, the obvious course of action seemed to he to be the restoration of
    its sight; and, never having read any medical literature she did not
    know that this was impossible. So she went to it. She had Mamie cover
    her good eye and practice the bad one at home and at school, until at
    last the sight became normal and the eye straight. The school doctor
    had wanted to have the eye operated upon, I was told, but fortunately
    Mamie was "scared" and would not consent. And here she was with two
    perfectly good, straight eyes.
    "Anything else?" I inquired, when Mamie's case had been disposed
    of. Emily blushed again, and said:
    "Here's Rose. Her eyes used to hurt her all the time, and she
    couldn't see anything on the blackboard. Her headaches used to be so
    bad that she had to stay away from school every once in a while. The
    doctor gave her glasses; but they didn't help her, and she wouldn't
    wear them. When you told us the card would help our eyes I got busy
    with her. I had her read the card close up, and then I moved it
    farther away, and now she can see all right, and her head doesn't ache
    any more. She comes to school every day, and we all thank you very

    This was a case of compound hypermetropic astigmatism. Such stories
    might be multiplied indefinitely. Emily's astonishing record cannot,
    it is true, be duplicated, but less cures by cured patients have been
    very numerous and serve to show that the benefits of the method of
    preventing and curing defects of vision in the schools which is
    presented in this number of Better Eyesight would be far-reaching. Not
    only errors of refraction would be cured, but many more serious
    defects; and not only the children would be helped, but their families
    and friends also.

    Zetsu, Apr 20, 2009
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    Ms.Brainy Guest

    A couple of years ago, when Zetsu first appeared and pretended to be a
    Norweigian girl or "Revival", I had some hopes that he will grow up
    some day and stop believing in fairy tales. By now I have lost any
    hope, since he seems to grow down, not up.

    <snip, snip, snip...>
    Ms.Brainy, Apr 20, 2009
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    He/she/it has long ago reached the level where he/she/it is nothing
    more than the online equivalent of one of those psychotic homeless
    people who stands on the corner, SHOUTING Bible passages, to ...

    What a pathetic little creature.

    Almost SURELY the illegitimate love child of Otis Brown (and ... who
    else?? Desperate people DO do desperate things....).
    Neil Brooks, Apr 20, 2009
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