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July 1959

History of Ophthalmology.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;62(1):166-167. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.04220010170025

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This little book on the development of ophthalmology from prehistory to today makes delightful reading and serves as a useful orientation for those who are teaching. There are short chapters on the contemporary acceleration of ophthalmic technology, contemporary medical concepts in relation to ophthalmology, and an evaluation of current trends anticipating the future. The author points out that while ophthalmological teaching today is generally aimed at producing "safe ophthalmologists," the student should also be stimulated to be dissatisfied with the very techniques which he is taught to use in order to better them. He should also be taught "the heritage of ophthalmic science within civilization, in order to inspire his respect for the stature of the specialty and his aspirations to further its role in medicine and society."

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