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October 1979

Classics in Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(10):2002. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020416044

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This is an ambitious endeavor. It is the objective of this series to stress and preserve the heritage of valuable ophthalmic contributions in the English language by producing facsimiles of rare ophthalmic books. In this way, the physicians of our time will not forget the enormous contributions made by our forefathers to the art and science of ophthalmology.

One book, on the anatomy of the human orbit, is by Samuel Ernest Whitnall. Dr Whitnall was first associated with the University of Oxford and later became professor of anatomy at McGill University in Montreal. The facsimile was derived from the second revised edition published in 1932. It was based on a series of lectures given to candidates for the Oxford diploma of ophthalmology shortly after World War I. The book was then amplified and brought up to date. I know of no better textbook on the anatomy of the orbit and

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