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November 1952

Between Two Worlds: The Memoirs of a Physician.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;48(5):667-668. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.00920010678025

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Dr. Gordon, who has conducted a successful ophthalmologic practice for over forty years, first in Philadelphia and then in Atlantic City, writes the recollections of a widely varied life experience. Born in a ghetto community in Lithuania, he gives a picture of his childhood steeped in the traditions of Jewish lore and scourged by Czarist persecution. He came to this country in the early 1890's and describes movingly the economic hardships and spiritual triumphs of his struggle for education and his early days as a general practitioner.

Training in ophthalmology he obtained at the Jefferson Hospital and in Dr. Oliver's Clinic at Wills Hospital, but he recounts little of this experience. Clearly, the dominating interest in his life was in Jewish affairs, and he tells of his participation in the early beginnings of the Zionist movement, of his visit to Palestine in 1904, and of his meetings with many Jewish

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