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September 2000

Celebrating Women in Ophthalmology: Peering Through the Prism of Time

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(9):1281-1282. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.9.1281

IN AN ERA when surgical interventions in fields such as refractive surgery and the retina dominate the hearts and minds of ophthalmologists, it is worth stepping back and noting the advances that have been made based on important observations. It was not too long ago when pathologists and diagnosticians dominated the literature with histological correlations to clinical pathology and meticulous descriptions of the history and clinical findings of patients with unusual presentations. One such careful observer was Dr Georgiana Dvorak-Theobald, an ophthalmic pathologist who spent her professional career at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago (Figure 1). Since her death in 1971, it is possible that an entire generation of ophthalmologists, both male and female, are unaware of her contributions and her influence. Dr Dvorak-Theobald was chosen as a subject of this editorial to not only celebrate this year's Women in Medicine month but also to remind us all that the important contributions to medicine come not just from describing the latest surgical intervention but also from insightful and careful documentation of interesting findings and fascinating cases.