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Book and Software Review
October 2001

On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Washington University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(10):1567-1568. doi:

I have been a big fan of Benjamin Milder's poetry for years and am a devoted alumnus of the Washington University Department of Ophthalmology, St Louis, Mo. It is with that enthusiasm that I read Dr Milder's book, On the Shoulders of Giants. It is a meaningful and touching history of one of the great departments of ophthalmology and a memoir that places the department in the history of ophthalmology. It is exceedingly well written, thorough, and accurate.

The book is organized chronologically, and Dr Milder's use of quotes from speeches, printed texts, and conversations adds important factual support to his prose. Taped interviews and letters allowed Milder to enhance his insight into the vast experiences of the decades of trained residents, while clear photographs help to put faces with the famous names.

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