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September 1964

Commemorating the AOS Centenary

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(3):295-296. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020295001

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When a medical society on this side of the Atlantic attains the venerable age of one hundred years, there is cause for celebration. The American Ophthalmological Society reached this centennial mark this year and celebrated the event by promoting its dedicated and capable secretary, Maynard Wheeler, to the position of President. Then, to the delight of all, the new secretary-turned-President reciprocated by presenting each member with a bound volume containing an original account of the Society's first hundred years. A more fitting commemoration is hard to imagine.

In this volume we read that the American Ophthalmological Society was the first society for medical specialists in the United States. It was formed by eight young men (in their 20's and 30's) who aimed to improve the stature of ophthalmology and the quality of ophthalmic journalism in the United States.

The times must have been exciting and unsettled when this self-appointed committee

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