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December 1978

Evolution, Not Revolution

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(12):2203. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060505004

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One hundred years ago a great journal was the product, indeed the property, of a great editor. Such was the case with von Graefe's Archiv für Ophthalmologie and Knapp's Archiv für Augen-und Ohrenheilkunde, the forerunner of our present Archives. The founding of the latter in 1869 was signalized in this journal in 1969. In a typically trenchant survey, Charles Snyder traced the history and development of our Archives from its origin to its 100th birthday ten years ago.

As Snyder pointed out at that time, the need to change from a one-man to a team effort was recognized by Francis Heed Adler and has been followed by all of his successors. The skilled utilization of reviewers expert in subspecialized areas has become one of the main functions of the chief editor. To those many reviewers, to the members of his editorial board, and to the associates who wrote the "Annual

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