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Oct 2012

Monteath's Translation of Weller: An Underappreciated Trove of Ophthalmology Lexicon

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(10):1356-1357. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.2084

In 1819, German ophthalmologist Carl Heinrich Weller recorded European ophthalmic teaching, including that of his mentor, Georg Josef Beer of Vienna, Austria.1 Weller's treatise was translated by Scottish ophthalmologist George C. Monteath in 1821.2,3 We searched Monteath's text for modern ophthalmic terms not present in earlier major English works. We searched for terms in the Oxford English Dictionary online,4 Google Scholar,5 Google Books,6 Gale Eighteenth Century Collections Online,7 and ophthalmic texts on the Internet Archive.8