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Victor Deneffe's (1835-1908) interests in medicine were wide-ranging; as a result, ophthalmology was generally a side interest. Nevertheless, after completing his medical degree and a special doctorate at Ghent in 1864, he was appointed Professor of Ophthalmology at his alma mater in 1899, in addition to serving sequentially as professor of surgical pathology, theoretical obstetrics, and operative medicine. In the 1890s, Deneffe organized a campaign against trachoma, in part because he had the disease. Among his many publications are ophthalmic research studies as well as a number of works dealing with the history of ophthalmology, including Chirugie antique: Les oculists Gallo-Romains au IIIe siècle (1893). Following his retirement, he donated his extensive collection of antique ophthalmic and surgical instruments to the University of Ghent, now housed in the Museum of the History of Sciences.
Victor Deneffe. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(2):172. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2010.374