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September 1986

Classics of Ophthalmology

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(9):1281. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050210035013

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Ophthalmology today is being buffeted by diverse social forces that are rapidly transforming modern American medicine. We have suddenly become part of the competitive marketplace and are subject to many socioeconomic pressures; often our active participation in the political arena is required. In addition, we are witnessing the development of an entrepreneurial subculture that challenges the viability of some of our time-honored professional guidelines.

Within the context of this presentday scenario, publication of Classics of Ophthalmology represents, more than ever, our need to anchor ourselves to the enduring values and qualities of those masters of the past, whose genius and dedication have elevated our specialty to the peak of the medical profession. Each volume is unique in format and is limited to 5000 copies worldwide, thus ensuring increasing value with time. No two volumes are exactly alike—a welcome relief from the customary uniformity of mass production. Each book not only

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