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In 1910, when specialization was the exception rather than the rule, Sir William Osier, perhaps the foremost would-be ophthalmologist, addressed the Ophthalmological Congress in Oxford. He praised the ophthalmic surgeons, one of the first group of physicians to specialize, for the great achievements in their field, but warned them of the specialist's "tendency to develop a narrow and pedantic spirit." In 1975, when super-specialists in our own field seem to be unacquainted with the rest of the eye, much less the rest of the body, what Osier said then is even more relevant. In the introductory chapter of this book, William Bean, a noted Osier scholar, quotes liberally from the old Master to remind the readers that "the eyes have a head, and the head has a body . . . and these are all part of a greater unity."
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