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From the Archives of the Archives
September 2007

A look at the past ...

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(9):1219. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.9.1219

Until within about the past ten years, even the man who obtained an ophthalmic internship in this country was largely self taught. He was seldom taught anything by the staff of the hospital or required to learn much. The internship, however, gave him an excellent opportunity to teach himself. I am inclined to believe that the self-taught ophthalmologist is the best taught provided his teacher has high intellectual qualifications and adequate clinical and laboratory facilities. As anticipated by its founders, the American Board of Ophthalmology has improved the teaching of ophthalmology. . . .