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January 1986

The History of Ophthalmology: The Middle Ages, 16th and 17th Century

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(1):27. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050130037012

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Of the proposed 11 volumes of Hirschberg's great history of ophthalmology, volumes 1, 3, and 4 have appeared and have been reviewed in the Archives. Volume 2, spanning the Middle Ages and the 16th and 17th centuries, has now been published. Two thirds of this work is concerned with Arabian ophthalmology. It is fitting that Professor Blodi adds the following to his title: director of medical education, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In his foreword, Dr Blodi acknowledges the help of Dr Mohammed Z. Wafai, an American ophthalmologist who was born and educated in Syria and who is an expert on the history of Arabian medicine in general and Arabian ophthalmology in particular.

"A gap in this remarkable series has been filled."

In the informative introductory chapters, the scene is set regarding the state of Arabian science in the Middle Ages, including the areas of mathematics and

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