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January 19, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(3):204-205. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700030080019

Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson, lecturer in physiology, experimental pharmacologist, and ophthalmic surgeon, was born in Edinburgh, the son of John Argyll Robertson, surgeon and lecturer in the medical school. The three supernumerary given names were discovered only in his obituaries; scientific communications were signed "D. Argyll Robertson." The familiar eponym is compressed conveniently to "Argyll Robertson pupil." Robertson received his undergraduate and a portion of his medical training at the University of Edinburgh; the remainder was taken at St. Andrews where the MD degree was granted at the age of 20. After a year as house surgeon in the Royal Infirmary, ophthalmology was studied under von Arlt in Prague and von Graefe in Berlin. Ophthalmology and Edinburgh seemed the logical choices for discipline and domicile. Each benefited from Robertson's many contributions during a highly successful professional career. He was ophthalmic surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, lecturer in physiology,

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