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November 1952

THE DIABETIC: HIS VISUAL PROGNOSISThe Third John E. Weeks Lecture

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO
From the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;48(5):531-556. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.00920010542001
Abstract

IT IS A great honor to have been asked to deliver the third John E. Weeks Lecture.

John E. Weeks was one of the small group of illustrious ophthalmologists who laid the foundation for the present high standard of our specialty in America. His contributions are so many that it would hardly be possible to enumerate them here. I shall mention only one: the epoch-making identification in 1886 of the organism which bears his name, the Koch-Weeks bacillus. The microscope he used in this work today occupies a place of honor in the living room of his nephew, the Los Angeles ophthalmologist, Dr. Carrol Weeks.

My first contact with Dr. Weeks was in St. Louis in 1922, when he examined me in pathology for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He appeared cold and severe, and I was awed by him. In later years, after his retirement, it was my privilege,

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