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November 15, 1902

ADDRESS ON AN EXHIBIT OF EARLY (PRIOR TO 1860) BRITISH AND AMERICAN OPHTHALMIC LITERATURE.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(20):1249-1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480460027001g
Abstract

Two years after the publication in Philadelphia of Saunder's work, there appeared the first text-book by an American writer, George Frick. We owe most of our knowledge of this pioneer of American ophthalmology to our distinguished colleague, Harry Friedenwald. I quote from his interesting contribution to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin for August-September, 1897, "The Early History of Ophthalmology and Otology in Baltimore."

Frick was born in Baltimore in 1793. After obtaining a broad classical education he entered the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained the degree of doctor of medicine in 1815, and in 1817 he was admitted as licentiate of medicine into the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. He then spent several years abroad, returning to Baltimore about 1819 to engage in the practice of ophthalmology. He was appointed surgeon to the Baltimore General Dispensary, where he established the first Eye Dispensary in Baltimore, in 1824. In

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