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March 18, 1968

Our Ophthalmic Heritage

JAMA. 1968;203(12):1078. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140120076038

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This volume is a collection of essays by the very capable and humanitarian librarian of the Howe Library at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The essays are selected from the monthly contributions of Mr. Snyder which have enlivened the pages of the Archives of Ophthalmology for several years. Their subject matter varies from the highly significant histories of Babbage and Helmholtz re the ophthalmoscope, through the account of Albrecht von Graefe's early years and the story of Franklin's bifocals, to some fascinating trivia on the plagiarism of William Rowley and the reason why Osler did not become an ophthalmologist.

Whatever the subject matter, the material is illuminated by the genial good humor, the easy flowing style, and the meticulous attention to historical fact which a number of us have learned to associate with Charles Snyder. Anyone with an interest in the history of medicine, or in the writing of