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April 1948


Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;39(4):451-464. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900020459001

Acceptance of the invitation to be your guest at this memorable meeting of the American Medical Association imposed on me the duty of addressing you on the subject of the history of american ophthalmology. In view of this terrifying obligation, my presence here attests my profound appreciation of the honor you have conferred on me. The address to which I have given birth after much labor, I fear is but a mouse. Although largely about ophthalmologists of the past, it is not an obituary, for in it I try to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. To relieve any anxiety this statement may arouse, I hasten to add that no ophthalmologist now in active practice is mentioned by name.

One hundred years ago there were, strictly speaking, no ophthalmologists. However, there were a few doctors here and there who devoted an unusually large part of