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From the Archives of the Archives
July 2007

A look at the past. . .

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(7):986. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.7.986

During the past century this country has passed through five important wars, but separate ophthalmic departments in medical services were organized only in the two world wars. The ophthalmologists who manned these departments in each war were volunteers, not draftees. For the great sacrifices these men made, it cannot be said that on their return to civilian life they were overwhelmed by the gratitude of those who had remained at home. A truthful account of the efficiencies and inefficiencies of the ophthalmic services in the two world wars would no doubt be of considerable interest, but is beyond the scope of this address, since these services contributed nothing of importance to the advancement of ophthalmic science, greatly as they contributed to the welfare of our armed forces.