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July 1987

Fighting the Third Death

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(7):900. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060070036018

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This book is an autobiography of Arthur Linksz, MD, originally written in Hungarian in 1977 under the title Visszane'zek (looking back). It is an interesting series of historical vignettes of Dr Linksz' early life but has little pertaining to ophthalmology other than referring to the time he had a fractured leg while teaching his Lancaster courses in Waterville, Me. Dr Linksz also tells us about some notable patients he treated in his early years in practice in Budapest and how he became an ophthalmologist by chance.

"... describes the character and many interests of the author."

Basically, it is a most interesting book that describes the character and many interests of the author. It shows him as the permanent scholar with interests in philosophy, art, and literature. It bears out vividly what we who know him know him to be—a quiet, humble, modest person and a great listener. His interpretation of

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