All through his life von Graefe was a voluminous letter-writer. Since he lived in an eventful period of ophthalmic history, the correspondence of this distinguished ophthalmologist, who was personally and intimately acquainted with the great contemporaries of his time, reveals invaluable historical information. Because of his delight in postal communion, a personal legacy of accurate biographical material became available to posterity.
The impulse to examine the shredded minutiae of the short but eminent life of the great master is hard to resist. Albrecht von Graefe (Figure) was born in Berlin on May 22, 1828. Preparatory education was at the French Gymnasium in Berlin and the study of medicine was at Berlin University. He was an inordinately inquisitive student with a gifted intellect and a creative mind. After receiving his medical degree in 1847, he embarked on a long series of postgraduate studies with the most illustrious ophthalmologists of
TOWER P. Albrecht von GraefeA Survey of His Correspondence. Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(5):619-624. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010635005