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We hear much of Russian missiles, jets, and politicians but little of Russian ophthalmology and Russian ophthalmologists. Abstracts of articles give us little insight into the things we're really curious about and those ophthalmologists who travel in Russia come back with the usual Burton Holmes monologue and Sunday afternoon photographs—but little ophthalmology.
The reason is either that American ophthalmologists have not been welcome in the Russian clinics and ophthalmic research institutes or else they have not known how to cope with the ponderous protocol that seems to pervade everything Russian.
A recent ophthalmic mission went to Russia under the auspices of the World Federation of Neurology and the National Institutes of Health. The three man group consisted of Dr. Algernon Reese, representing clinical ophthalmology, Dr. V. Everett Kinsey, representing ophthalmic research, and Dr. Sylvan Brandon, responsible for translations. The group spent about a week in Moscow and a week in
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