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This book of 340 pages covers much more than its title implies. In the first place, it enlarges and amplifies the history of the famous Wills Hospital that was written by Dr. S. D. Risley in 1908 and published in the hospital report for that year. It presents biographies of past members of the surgical staff with photographs attached. Not only does it trace the development and history of ophthalmology in Philadelphia, but it has much to say in regard to the rise of modern ophthalmology on the continent of Europe and in England. In addition, it touches on our national eye societies, their establishment and growth; it takes up the subject of American journals of ophthalmology, and it deals with the conservation of vision movement in this country, and other kindred subjects.
The history of the Wills Hospital is best read in the biographical notes of
Derby GS. The Wills Hospital of Philadelphia.. Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;7(2):348–349. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820090188022