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May 1937

SHORT STUDIES ON THE HISTORY OF OPHTHALMOLOGYIV. SIR CLIFFORD ALLBUTT, THE APOSTLE OF MEDICAL OPHTHALMOSCOPY

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;17(5):819-858. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850050067005
Abstract

On Feb. 22, 1925, there died in England that "spiritual aristocrat of Medicine," Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt, Regius Professor of Physic of the University of Cambridge. Sir Clifford, although famous throughout the last fifty years of his life for his teaching in general medicine and long the leader of the medical profession in England, was also, it should be remembered, one of the most valuable contributors to ophthalmologic knowledge, one of the first to use the ophthalmoscope and to extend its use among general practitioners.

Clifford Allbutt, the only son of the Reverend Thomas Allbutt, was born at Dewsbury, near the city of York, on July 20, 1836. He had only a younger sister. When a small boy he became the child companion of an invalid lady, a cousin of his father, on an extended visit to her at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. There he had some private

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