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May 1976

The History and Traditions of the Moorfields Eye Hospital

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(5):875. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030439027

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Moorfields Eye Hospital is perhaps the best known ophthalmic hospital in the English-speaking world. To many it is the home of British ophthalmology. In 1929, E. Treacher Collins published a narrative of the hospital's first 100 years. Now Frank W. Law gives us a continuation of the story down to the present day. Both volumes should be read, although this might not be possible because copies of Collins' work have been in short supply for some time.

Although the hospital is 170 years old, officially it has been Moorfields Eye Hospital for less than 20 years. Its founder, John Cunningham Saunders, knew it first as the London Dispensary for Curing Diseases of the Eye and Ear. When he confessed that he had little success in curing diseases of the ear, the Board of Governors cooperated and changed the name to the London Infirmary for Curing Diseases of the Eye. Then

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