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From the Archives of the Archives
August 2007

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(8):1106. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.8.1106

Until within recent years, the ophthalmologist in this country either was largely self taught so far as his specialty was concerned or obtained his first special training abroad, notable in Vienna, Berlin or London. For years Vienna was the Mecca for American would-be ophthalmologists. Those who studied there could be divided into three classes; those who had failed to obtain an internship in America, those who sought the prestige connected with foreign study and, those who were chiefly motivated by the desire to obtain the best possible training. Those in the third class were fewest, but generally remained abroad the longest.

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