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.
EUROPE IN ADVANCE OF US—A TRIBUTE TO HERMANN KNAPP. JAMA. 2011;305(19):2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.588