A collection of the original creative endeavors of time-honored authors, who led the way in the study of the eyes and their diseases, should stimulate interest in the history of ophthalmology. This paper is an effort to present a few of these early works, with reproduction of their title pages, a brief discussion of the contents, and an estimation of the importance of these authors for the progress of ophthalmology. It is felt that these publications are representative of some of the highlights in the advance of ophthalmology.
In Dresden, in the year 1583, an epoch-making work, Ophthalmodouleia, das ist Augendienst (Fig. 1) by George Bartisch1 did much to elevate the subject above the musty prejudices of the times and gave tremendous impetus to the progress of ophthalmic surgery.2 It is not without cause that Bartisch has been designated "the father of modern ophthalmology". His book with its
TOWER P. Books That Made Ophthalmological History. Arch Ophthalmol. 1960;64(5):771-785. doi:10.1001/archopht.1960.01840010773020