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July 2011

Is Medical History Still Relevant to Today's Ophthalmologist?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, Ohio.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(7):941-942. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.170

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.

Henry Ford, 19161

Is history “bunk,” as Henry Ford liked to say? Or is the comment frequently attributed to the philosopher George Santayana more appropriate: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”?2

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