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October 1996

Restoring Vision: An Ethical Perspective on Doctors Curing Blindness Around the World

Author Affiliations

Baltimore, Md

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(10):1304. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140504047

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Oh, yes! Read this one! You will be proud to be an eye surgeon. Cynical medical businessmen (with either the MD or the MBA degree) have much to learn by reading about the ethical reasons that propel ophthalmologists to do the splendid things they do, not just at home, but also in Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, China, and Pakistan.

This small book is an inspirational description of selfless and prodigious surgical achievements by ophthalmologists scattered across the globe. Most of them are providing high-tech eye surgery to large numbers of impoverished patients. The settings are superefficient, but are also warm and supportive, despite bureaucratic and climatic conditions that would make the fainthearted wilt. Here are ophthalmologists with the milk of human kindness running through theirveins. They are doingwellbecause they are doing good. Anyone who never knew or who has forgotten why ophthalmologists are indispensable to society should read this

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