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The precedent established by my honored predecessors of dispensing with a review of the progress in ophthalmology is, in my judgment, a wise one. Even were one disposed to think differently, this would not be an opportune time to attempt such a résumé. For, standing as we do on the threshold of a new century, it would be incumbent on the reviewer to take note not only of the changes of a year but of the advances made in our department of medical science during the hundred years which have just passed into history. During that period thousands of distinguished workers have co-operated in building the imposing structure constituted by the ophthalmology of to-day; and of these thousands there are three to whose achievements alone many volumes of addresses might be devoted without doing justice to the theme. The names of Von Graefe, Donders and Helmholtz will be gratefully remembered
LIPPINCOTT JA. SECTION OF OPHTHALMOLOGY.ADDRESS OF CHAIRMAN DELIVERED AT THE FIFTY-SECOND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE A. M. A., HELD AT ST. PAUL, MINN., JUNE 4-7, 1901.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):977–978. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470410029001g