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May 1970

An Anthology of Ophthalmic Classics.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;83(5):665-666. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990030665033

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Dr. James E. Lebensohn, the editor of An Anthology of Ophthalmic Classics, has made a selection of important contributions to ophthalmology which reflect his knowledge of ophthalmic history as well as his interest in optics and physiology. To each classic is appended a biographical note as well as a short comment by the editor.

The subjects range from a delightful paper by Casey A. Wood on "Ophthalmology of the Fundus in Living Birds" to von Graefe's famous description of iridectomy in glaucoma and Daviel's classic on cataract extraction. The earliest paper, dated 1267, is Friar Roger Bacon's observations on magnifying glasses, while the latest, published in 1952, is Alan C. Woods's advice on "The Adjustments to Aphakia." Nearly all the other papers are equally intriguing and lead one to admire the tenacity and acumen of many of the authors.

Dr. Lebensohn deserves our thanks for this contribution to the history

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