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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 18, 2011

EUROPE IN ADVANCE OF US—A TRIBUTE TO HERMANN KNAPP

JAMA. 2011;305(19):2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.588

The recent death of Dr. Hermann Knapp has occasioned a reflection not complimentary to the American people. Before he began his American career he had studied in several European universities, and had established a dispensary and hospital for eye diseases which is now a part of the University of Heidelberg, at which he taught four years. The science and the art of ophthalmology in this country were indeed a puny pair of twins until 1868, when Knapp brought us the ophthalmoscope which his teacher, von Helmholtz, had invented seventeen years before, and which von Graefe—of whom Knapp was also a student—had applied to eye diseases. Thus, Knapp's advent among us initiated the special work in orbital practice by which such beneficent results are now every day in evidence.

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