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Published in celebration of the centennial of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Daniel M. Albert, Diane D. Edwards, and their esteemed contributors have written the first comprehensive history of the field of ophthalmology. The book is indeed more than a comprehensive history, it is a captivating one. Each chapter is written engagingly and is filled with fascinating facts and curious lore, such as the treatment options for trichiasis during the ancient Egyptian period: "Pull hairs and apply a mixture of myrrh, lizard's blood and bat's blood until healed..." Or their prescription for pterygium: "Put into the eye a mixture of salt, frankincense, and pelican dung; or stibium, honey and lizard's dung." This beautiful history takes you from the day of the barber surgeon to the day of the refractive surgeon in 350 pages, imparting an understanding of how the modern specialty of ophthalmology came to be. Lavishly illustrated in full color. A "must read" for residents, practicing ophthalmologists, and all those interested in the history of science and medicine. The perfect gift for students, physicians, technicians, and those who devote themselves to the study and treatment of ophthalmic disorders.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

John W. Chandler
This history was commissioned by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for publication in 1996 as part of the commemoration of the celebration of its 100th year of existence. The editors appropriately suggest that the book is an overview of the history of ophthalmology, which strongly supports their thesis that progress in the specialty has progressively evolved because of the solid contributions, intellectual and practical, and scientific methodology. This is demonstrated by an examination of the contributions of individuals in basic and clinical ophthalmology and by describing the foresight of leaders in moving the field forward. All ophthalmologists will benefit from reading this book and adding historical perspective to supplement their daily snapshots of the profession. The editors and other contributors are uniquely qualified to write this historical account. The book is loaded with interesting black-and-white photographs plus 13 color plates. Each chapter is carefully documented with extensive references. The table of contents, organization, and index make it easy to navigate through the book, which is very readable and relatively short (394 pages). As ophthalmologists juggle busy schedules, contemplate the tribulations of changes in healthcare delivery, and face other unpleasant challenges, it is easy to lose sight of the rich history and traditions of ophthalmology and the amazing accomplishments of our predecessors. They have given current generations of ophthalmologists broad shoulders to stand on in these trying times. Reading this enjoyable and informative book provides perspective and reinvigorates the reader's enthusiasm and commitment.
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Reviewer: John W. Chandler, MD, FACS (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This history was commissioned by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for publication in 1996 as part of the commemoration of the celebration of its 100th year of existence.
Purpose: The editors appropriately suggest that the book is an overview of the history of ophthalmology, which strongly supports their thesis that progress in the specialty has progressively evolved because of the solid contributions, intellectual and practical, and scientific methodology. This is demonstrated by an examination of the contributions of individuals in basic and clinical ophthalmology and by describing the foresight of leaders in moving the field forward.
Audience: All ophthalmologists will benefit from reading this book and adding historical perspective to supplement their daily snapshots of the profession. The editors and other contributors are uniquely qualified to write this historical account.
Features: The book is loaded with interesting black-and-white photographs plus 13 color plates. Each chapter is carefully documented with extensive references. The table of contents, organization, and index make it easy to navigate through the book, which is very readable and relatively short (394 pages).
Assessment: As ophthalmologists juggle busy schedules, contemplate the tribulations of changes in healthcare delivery, and face other unpleasant challenges, it is easy to lose sight of the rich history and traditions of ophthalmology and the amazing accomplishments of our predecessors. They have given current generations of ophthalmologists broad shoulders to stand on in these trying times. Reading this enjoyable and informative book provides perspective and reinvigorates the reader's enthusiasm and commitment.
From the Publisher
'I do recommend not only this volume but earlier and future volumes as well.'
Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica (1996)

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792331018
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 8/31/1994
  • Series: History of Ophthalmology Series , #6
  • Edition description: Reprinted from DOCUMENTA OPHTHALMOLOGICA, 86:2, 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 0.26 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Famous Personalities in Ophthalmology and Visual Science: Prominent Ophthalmologists who Suffered from Acute Glaucoma; F.C. Blodi. Vision and Cognition in the Natural Philosophy of Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus); P. Theiss, O.-J. Grusser. Further Studies by Christoph Scheiner Concerning the Optics of the Eye; F. Daxecker. History of Technical Inventions and Discoveries: On the Invention of the Ophthalmoscope; R. Weale. D.B. Kagenaar and the Ophthalmometer by Javal-Schiotz; I. Den Tonkelaer, G.K. van Leersum, H.E. Henkes. A Contribution to the History of Spectacles in Croatia; V. Dorn. Ophthalmology in Art and Literature: Pisarro, Diacryocystitis, and the Development of Modern Lacrimal Surgery; J.G. Ravin. Ophthalmology in Visual Science in Antiquity: Didymus the Blind: An Unknown Precursor of Louis Braille and Helen Keller; J. Lascaratos, S. Marketos. Further Ophthalmological Information on Byzantine Chroniclers and Historians; J. Fronimopolous, J. Lascaratos.
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