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February 1959


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AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(2):334-335. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090336020

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To the Editor:  —While visiting behind the Iron Curtain last July, I was invited to visit the Helmholtz State Scientific Institute for Eye Disease, known as the Moscow Eye Institute. A Canadian surgeon accompanied me. We spent an entire day with the director, Alexander Vassilyevich Roslavtsev, examining patients and seeing the physical setup.The U. S. S. R. has seven eye institutes, each specializing in a particular phase of eye care. The institute in Odessa carries on research in corneal transplants; the Moscow Eye Institute, the one which we visited, carries on research in glaucoma, trachoma, pediatric ophthalmology, and pathology. There are 73 other eye hospitals in Russia.We made known our desires to visit an eye hospital upon our arrival in Russia through our interpreter and Intourist, the official travel agency. On the third day we received an invitation to visit the director at the institute.We arrived at

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