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Book and Software Review
October 2002

The Chief: A Biography of Edward W. D. Norton, MD

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(10):1413. doi:

This is a chronicle of the triumphs of a major figure in 20th-century American ophthalmology, as well as the obstacles that he had to overcome. Edward Norton, MD, was the head of the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Miami from 1958 to 1991. A year after his initial appointment, his program achieved departmental status and he became professor and chairman—positions he held for 32 years. He brought an exceptional group of ophthalmologists and visual scientists to a young medical school. However, as John Flynn, MD, tells us, Miami was a "most unlikely" place for such a program to develop—a "self-indulgent, hedonistic, suntanned city" with a "struggling, mediocre" medical school that was "riven with nasty, petty political turf battles." Through his skill at understanding people and supporting them to achieve their goals, Dr Norton overcame these problems and established a preeminent eye center.

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