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Harvey Cushing referred to ophthalmology as the oldest surgical subspecialty. While practitioners devoted themselves to ophthalmic care centuries ago, the birth of modern ophthalmology can be identified in the middle of the last century. Sizable portions of this slightly greater than one-century history are overlapped by the lives and careers of some of our senior colleagues.
The entire tapestry of what makes up modern ophthalmology is a product of our predecessors: what they thought, how they practiced, and what they understood of the anatomy and pathophysiology of the eye and visual system. The Foundation of the Academy of Ophthalmology has made an invaluable contribution to our understanding of what ophthalmology is and how it developed with this series of interviews with senior members of our profession. The first in the series was an interview with Dohrmann Kaspar Pischel, MD, published in 1987. This latest volume, the seventh in the series,
Newman SA. Ophthalmology Oral History Series: A Link With Our Past. Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(12):1520-1521. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090240026019