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In a year when ophthalmologists throughout the world are paying tribute to the accomplishments Dr Bernard Becker has made during his 25 years as chairman of the ophthalmology department at Washington University, Dr Becker has made an additional contribution that should not go unnoticed. He has donated what Dr Estelle Brodman, librarian and professor of Medical History at Washington University, accurately describes as "one of the most complete and carefully selected libraries in the field of ophthalmology" to the Washington University School of Medicine Library. This gift is accompanied by an invitation that the library "welcomes scholars who wish to examine the works here ... all are invited to see this great collection for themselves and to make use of its great treasures." A by-product of this donation is a fascinating catalog that itemizes and describes the rare books in the collection through 1977. The cataloging is attributed to Mr Mark
Albert DM. Catalog of the Bernard Becker, MD, Collection in Ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine Library. Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(9):1771. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020299033