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November 1953


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Institute of Ophthalmology of Presbyterian Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(5):545-556. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030555001

I CONSIDER it a great privilege to present this lecture because I have long admired Dr. Arthur J. Bedell not only for his ophthalmological achievements but also for his forthrightness. He has demonstrated what can be accomplished if one combines energy and honesty with devotion. We are indeed fortunate that ophthalmology has been his love, for he has greatly enriched our specialty. His photographs of various pathologic conditions of the fundus are known the world over, and American ophthalmology is justly proud of him. Therefore, I welcome this opportunity to salute him.

For many years general surgeons have debated the relative value of absorbable and nonabsorbable sutures, attention being directed primarily to silk and surgical gut (absorbable surgical suture U. S. P.; catgut suture) material. Among the earlier writers, Halsted,1 in 1913, was strong in his condemnation of surgical gut sutures. This belief in the superiority of silk over

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