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June 1940

Das Antlitz der Blindheit in der Antike: Eine medizinisch-kultur-historische Studie.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1940;23(6):1352-1353. doi:10.1001/archopht.1940.00860131514026

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Taken at its face value or, as the French say, au pied de la lettre, the title of this monograph would lead the reader to expect a research on the representation of the eye in classical art along the lines of Hugo Magnus' "Das Auge in seinen ästhetischen und culture-geschichtlichen Beziehungen," or of Javal's autobiographic "Entre aveugles." It is, however, something rather different, and far from being a rambling excursion into one of the many interesting by-ways and highways of ophthalmology (Barkan), it offers an erudite, richly documented and inclusive study of blindness in all its aspects, as described, explained and evaluated by contemporary observers, lay and medical, and handed down to posterity by historian, poet and satirist. The field is wide, and the author has explored it deeply. The wealth of citations from Greek and Latin authorities and anthologies, Vedistic tracts and Egyptian papyri deals with the loss (Blindheit

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