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June 1987

Hirschberg's History of Ophthalmology

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Watertown, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(6):758. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060060044025

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This work is essentially an appendix to the great Hirschberg series and contains two distinct parts: "The History of Optical Instruments for the Examination of the Eye" by Thilo von Haugwitz, originally published in German in 1981 and now reprinted in English translation, and a magnificent portion entitled "The Eye, Vision and Ophthalmology on Postage Stamps" by Frederick C. Blodi that is published here for the first time.

The first portion is a review of the basic instruments in ophthalmology. It covers 185 pages and includes 457 figures. The discussion begins with the ophthalmoscope and progresses to instruments of "optometry," devices to measure light sense, and instruments for measuring the anterior segment. This is followed by a discussion of devices for evaluating binocular vision, a section on magnets and other instruments concerned with intraocular foreign bodies, and devices for teaching and demonstration. Von

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