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June 1979

Filatov as a Figure in Russian Literature

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Orlando, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(6):1177. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020010625027

To the Editor.  —In reading Igor Gouzenko's novel, The Fall of a Titan, which concerns itself with an era following the Russian revolution, there appears an interesting reference to the late ophthalmologist Filatov:If one believed what Pravda wrote about the eye specialist Professor Filatov, one would think that this Odessian had never had a failure. According to Pravda, all his incredibly bold operations were crowned with restoration of sight to the blind.Filatov was a good surgeon; but such a good one as Pravda described he had never been, and indeed, could not be. Like any successful doctor, he had his defeats and failures. One such failure was his operation on Andrei Demin.'The patient was involved in a scuffle between two students during which he was stabbed in the eye with irretrievable loss of his sight. The background of the various machinations and double crosses in the petty

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