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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

From the Publisher
'I do recommend not only this volume but earlier and future volumes as well.'
Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica (1996)
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.
From The Critics
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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792334019
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: History of Ophthalmology Series , #7
  • Edition description: Reprinted from DOCUMENTA OPHTHALMOLOGICA, 89:1, 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198

Table of Contents

Preface. Cogan and Verhoeff: A friendship of genius; D.M. Albert. Case Histories:- Life events and visual symptoms of Adolf Hitler; D.G. Cogan. The blindness of John Milton; G.B. Bartley. Biographies:- Neurology of the ocular muscles; Emergence of a Neuro-Ophthalmologist; S.A. Newman. William Thomson and Joseph Janvier Woodward; L.E. Zimmerman. William Fisher Norris: A Philadelphia ophthalmologist; W.C. Frayer. E.J. Curran, M.D., D.Ophth.: An Historical Vignette; C. Kalin-Johnson. Pope John XXI, Ophthalmologist; D. Blanchard. Did George McClellan commit malpractice? C.E. Leha. A.E. Krill: A brief biography of his life and final days; G.A. Fishman. Oral History:- Toichiro Kuwabara on Dave Cogan: An interview; W.H. Spencer (ed.) History of Institutions:- The fourth Charles B. Snyder lecture: The origins of the National Eye Institute 1933—1968; F.W. Newell. A history of low vision and blind rehabilitation in the United States; J.W. Sassani. History of Ideas:- The Tarsectomy operation of A.P.L. Gillet de Grandmont (1837—1894) and its periodic rediscovery; D.M. Reifler. History of orbital decompression for Graves' ophthalmology; M.G. Alper. Brain wars: Passion and conflict in the localization of vision in the brain; R.S. Fishman. Book Reviews:- Jaeger, Über Glaucoma; D.L. Blanchard. Optical uses of fans; J.W. Rosenthal.

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