Medicine: The Spectacle Ladies

The operation for cataracts was successful, but the 70-year-old man in the charity ward at Manhattan's New York Eye & Ear Infirmary still could not see without expensive glasses. Then a hospital worker sat down and wrote a postcard. Last week a pair of thick new glasses arrived and for the first time in twelve years he was able to read. A Christmas card with the glasses bore the name: "New Eyes for the Needy—Short Hills, N.J."

In the Depression '30s, a Red Cross worker from Short Hills named Mrs. Arthur E. Terry watched...

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