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March 1986

The History of Ophthalmology: The Renaissance of Ophthalmology in the 18th Century, Part 3, and The First Half of the 19th Century, Part 1

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(3):343. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050150037020

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Professor Blodi's translation of Hirschberg's classic Geschichte der Augenheilkunde has now progressed to the late 18th century and the first half of the 19th century.

This volume is outstanding. This results from several factors. The material covered is entirely understandable to the present-day ophthalmologist. More than that, it is relevant and valuable. One sees here the birth of modern ophthalmology and recognizes in lucid detail the formulation of many of our present practices in the surgical, medical, and refractive aspects of our science and art. The prose seems more spirited than in any of the previous volumes, and the topics have more cohesion and interrelation. One comes away from this book with the feeling of having read a series of historically significant stories, rather than a compilation of names, dates, and facts. Finally, the book is a visual delight, with plates and figures not found in the original Hirschberg

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