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The Swedish Ophthalmological Society, which is now entering its second century, was founded as a result of a meeting of 17 Swedish ophthalmologists in Uppsala, Sweden, in May 1908. Allvar Gullstrand, MD, of Uppsala, the only ophthalmologist to be awarded a Nobel Prize for Medicine, was elected the first president of the newly formed society. Today the society has a membership of more than 800 ophthalmologists from both the public and private health care sectors and meets twice a year, once in conjunction with the Swedish Society of Medicine, and the other as a stand-alone meeting. Centennial celebrations were held on May 31, 2008, at Uppsala University.
Allvar Gullstrand. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009;127(11):1510. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2009.293