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The preparation of a reasonably complete and well-balanced history of ophthalmology is no light task. The basic material needed for such a work is much more scattered and more difficult of access than that required for similar investigations in other sciences, while much important information—biographies in particular—can in many instances be obtained only by painstaking and repeated inquiry and search among unpublished and private sources. Many years ago Professor Hirschberg understook the work of collecting, sifting and publishing ("Handbuch der gesamten Augenheilkunde," second edition) the data for a history of ophthalmic science in all countries since its shadowy beginnings as a special department of surgery in Ancient Egypt 4,000 years ago. As a consequence, we owe this tireless worker a debt of gratitude for his remarkable series of books on the subject; and if, as in the present volume, he has fallen short of the standard set by him in
Geschichte der Augenheilkunde.. JAMA. 1915;LXV(22):1937. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580220077036