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June 14, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(24):645-650. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390470001001

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Presented to American Medical Association, May, 1884,

Gentlemen:—Instead of formulating the advances made in ophthalmology, otology and laryngeal surgery for the Section over which I have the honor to preside, I have thought it best to take up as the subject of my address before the Association, the diagnosis and treatment of some of the most common diseases of the eye with which the profession at large cannot become too familiar. Within the last thirty years, the special study of the eye by physicians skilled in the general knowledge of medicine, made ophthalmology the pioneer in the work of specialties, and for many years it held exclusive sway in its isolated position. This conspicuous progress was made when good men in the profession, with a foundation of medical and surgical lore, concentrated all study and observation in working out obscure symptoms which time enabled them to classify, and by which

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